Stop body shaming
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