Over the past few years the body positivity movement has gained traction and Instagram played a pivotal role in the rise of this movement. You can mostly credit this popularity to thin, white women. But did you know that this is actually a social movement that was started by and created for marginalized bodies and people of color?
I bet you didn’t.
You might be asking yourself “what is a marginalized body?” They are bodies that experience systemic oppression that impacts their health and livelihood in a way that individuals with thin, white, able-bodies do not. So this includes fat bodies, disabled bodies, colored bodies and so much more.
While body positivity has become increasingly popular, people continue to be confused about exactly what it means.
Body positivity has its roots in the fat acceptance movement of the late 1960s. Fat acceptance focuses on ending the culture of fat-shaming and discrimination against people based upon their size or body weight. Its a social movement established in the belief that all human beings should have a positive body image, while challenging the ways in which society presents and views the physical body.
But the hashtag #BodyPosivitiy is flooded with pictures of thin white abled-bodies
While everyone deserves to feel confident in their skin, thin white women need to take a seat and learn how to be allies and pass the mic to amplify the voices of those who this movement was created for.
With that being said, I want to share some of my favorite Body Positive and Fat Acceptance accounts for you to follow, love and share
These are the bodies we should be seeing more of within the hashtag #bodypositivity. Remember, we ALL deserve to feel confident in our bodies, but these are the bodies that this movement was created for.