This video outlines a specific tip Lindy West shares in her book Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman about how to love your body.
As a counsellor working with women, body image comes up as a regular source of pain. It’s almost impossible to ignore the messages we are sent constantly- straight or queer or white or WoC or disabled or whoever we are- about who or what we should look like, what’s ‘acceptable’.
This opens up a CHASM of crappy feelings that, quite frankly, serve no purpose and don’t help anyone embrace desired changes in their lives. They only serve the purpose of feeding the money-making machines when we consume in an attempt to ‘better’ ourselves in the name of the brand of beauty we’re meant to buy.
Not to mention how much more you are impacted if you are a survivor of intimate partner violence or child abuse, the impacts trauma can have on the ways you see your body are enormous.
I’m a curvy woman with fluctuating weight and PCOS. If you have PCOS (or you have a loved one with it) you’ll know there’s a lot of us who have struggled in particular with excess body hair.
When I was young, there wasn’t an easy way to expose yourself to positive images of women who are fat with hair on their bodies who are seen as beautiful.
Now there is.
Check out the video to see more on specifically how this can help you be good to your body and mind and get out of the Matrix creating our identities for us.
Re- this book. To be completely honest, it’s a little ‘preaching to the converted’ and it’s actually really painful to see how traumatised Linda is by the vitriol she’s received on social media.
However if you are or you have a youngish woman in your life- especially a late teen or early 20’s- do buy this book, or these ideas are all new to you, it’ll be a game changer I promise.
FINALLY: here are the links mentioned in the video:
Instagrams of curvy celebrations:
Tumblr for non-normative babes
Enjoy your journey away from self-hate body-beatups and towards being and feeling confidently awesome.
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