Stop body sham­ing

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION -

HAMNA RINDANI

Crit­i­ciz­ing your own ap­pear­ance in com­par­i­son to some­body or crit­i­ciz­ing some­one else’s ap­pear­ance in front of them is called Body Sham­ing. Sham­ing is a dirty lit­tle se­cret, a thing we pre­tend that we never, ever would do, but 99 per­cent of us have done it or do it reg­u­larly. Un­for­tu­nately most of the body sham­ing takes place within the fam­ily. We need to un­der­stand that be­ing fat is ok - be­ing skinny is ok.

We look at our­selves, or even other peo­ple, and we judge, ridicule, and won­der why the body we are star­ing at can’t just be per­fect al­ready. And we do it in an ef­fort to feel good, lose weight, and be per­fect — which to­tally back­fires and causes more judg­ing, shame and guilt. We need to stop this crazy cy­cle of shame-guilt-shame.

It is only through ed­u­ca­tion and con­ver­sa­tion that body sham­ing can be de­stroyed. It as­tounds and angers me that the term is in our ev­ery­day ver­nac­u­lar. Pos­i­tiv­ity, ac­cep­tance and tol­er­ance are the keys to en­sur­ing no woman is ashamed of her body. Drop the ideas of per­fec­tion. Tell your body it is beau­ti­ful and ab­so­lutely, per­fectly, im­per­fect. Th­ese are your unique qual­i­ties and traits that you de­serve to be proud of. And if you’re ever in doubt, sing this loud sis­ter: “I am strong, I am in­vin­ci­ble, I am a woman!” — Via email

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