What do I mean by "body positive"?
What do I really mean when I say I am body positive? And what does it mean for you to try to become body positive too? Well first, I will tell you what body positive does not mean.
Body positive does not mean only accepting classically attractive bodies, only “acceptably” thin or “normal” weight bodies. Body positive does not mean accepting only heteronormative (appearing classically heterosexual), cisgender (appearing either normatively male or female), white, and able bodies. Body positive does not mean only accepting bodies that appear healthy. Body positive does not mean accepting only your own body or only the bodies of others you deem “better” than your body.
Body positive means:
- Accepting fat bodies as a part of the normal range of natural body types and not as any less inherently capable of being healthy as thin bodies
- Accepting the bodies of queer, genderqueer, trans, black, brown, mixed-race, and disabled bodies as valuable & worthy of love and care
- Accepting bodies of all ability levels and all health levels as inherently valuable and worthy of respect
- Accepting all bodies, including your own, as worthy of your respect and love & leaving all judgments on others’ health behind
Being body positive to me means that I respect, value, love, and accept all bodies. It means that I work every day to judge my own body as well as the bodies of others less than I did the day before. It means seeing the inherent value in everyone as a part of the human race.
Every body is a good body. Treat it as such.