Body Positivity

I’m all about that bass, ‘bout that bass…and treble?

“My anaconda don’t want none unless you got buns hun”- Thank you Nicki Minaj for clearing that up for me. I guess my tiny tush won’t be attracting any anacondas- sigh.

For years the standard for inspired beauty was tall, flat stomach, tiny booty, and the coveted thigh gap. Women bought into fad diets, endless training videos, limited calories and worked their butts off to be “skinny” (a term I personally dislike).

Fast forward to the next body image movement where curvy women are celebrated and embraced! Having some junk in the trunk, luscious curves, and the confidence to flaunt becomes the new standard for beauty.

Bravo society for moving forward!

Enter the term ‘Body Positive’. But what does this mean? When I first heard this term I thought it meant to love all body types no matter what shape and size. And maybe, in the beginning, this is exactly that it was…

So what happened?

Please welcome to the stage…’Skinny Shaming’.

Social media, pop culture, and radio have turned into a war zone of endless pictures, songs, and memes that downright degrade women who are thin. Don’t believe me? Let’s look at some recent lyrics to hit the music scene:

“Yeah, my mama she told me don’t worry about your size”

Good start! But wait for it…

“She says, ‘Boys like a little more booty to hold at night.’
You know I won’t be no stick figure silicone Barbie doll”

And it continues…

“I’m all about that bass
‘Bout that bass, no treble”
“I’m bringing booty back
Go ahead and tell them skinny bitches that”

Well Meghan Trainor, you have just tanked your entire ‘Body Positive’ message.

Don’t get me wrong, I am thrilled that some pop music artists are attempting to encourage body confidence, but putting down one body to lift another seems counter-productive to me.

Let’s move from the music industry to social media.

Happines Isn't Size Specific.Recently, I saw a meme that said, “Skinny is not Sexy, Health is”.

Says WHO?

Or my personal favourite jaw dropper, “Real men like curves, only dogs like bones”.

And people are ‘liking’ and sharing this type of cruelty!

Newsflash: There are a lot of women in this world that are naturally thin. They have fast metabolisms that burn calories as fast as they can consume them. For some women, no matter how hard they try, they cannot gain weight and their bodies just are what they are. These women are HEALTHY, they are PRETTY, they are SEXY and they are “Skinny.”

So where do we go from here?

I would like to challenge all of us to be Body Positive for ALL body types:

  • Let’s embrace and support each other for WHO WE ARE no matter HOW WE LOOK
  • Let’s encourage each other to accept what we cannot change and be HAPPY WITH IT
  • Let’s be the change we want to see in the world by embracing GRACE, not perfection

Because we are all beautiful with or without bass or buns.

Kristy Hurley– Kristy Hurley
Public Relations, ’09
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