Body positivity is more important than body policing. Eyes on your own paper. We've got a lot of good excuses over here. They're called reality. For more background on this project, click here: http://www.parentwin.com/2013/10/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-why-maria.html
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My excuse (and I’m only 22)…I love my mind, body, soul and life far too much to torture myself physically and mentally to attain socially constructed beauty ideals. There are far more important things I value and hope to achieve in my short life than painfully manipulate my able, healthy body to conform to insane social standards. Been there, done that. Instead, I am determined to accept my body just the way it is and provide it with love, acceptance, nourishment and appreciation. I believe that within our body shaming society this task requires more determination and dedication than following the strictest of fitness plans. My body is my temple & sometimes it needs cake.
My excuse? I almost died a few years ago. While I was in the hospital, when it was still touch and go, I thought of what I would want people to say at my funeral, if it came to that, and what I would try to make sure they’d have cause to say eventually, if I survived. Things like “she was kind and understanding to all” or “she had a generous and loving heart” came to mind. “She had sixpack abs and a thigh gap” did not make the list.
Thanks! Totally agreed. Time to empower through media message and take back our own definitions. And we’re always looking for submissions, so share away, if you so desire. Maybe someone you know will be interested in participating!