Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Thankful Tuesdays: the body edition

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This week and every week and every day of my life, I am thankful for my body. It's a body that's been stretched to its limit. A body that's felt extreme pleasure and extreme pain. It's a body that's shrunk and expanded numerous times over and it's a body I'll love in any size. Why? Because it's my body. It's a body that I have the right to do with what I will. I can tattoo it - although I haven't and probably won't - that is still an option I have. I can fake and bake it - I haven't done that since I was preparing for my high school graduation and probably won't ever do it again, but I can if I want to. I can pierce it. I can stretch it. I can push it and pull it and roll down hills. Whatever I want to do with this beautiful body of mine, I can and I will. There's no stopping me and for that I am thankful.

I saw this patch at a feminist art exhibit at this amazing artist co-operative in London, ON. I still love it three years later.


I'm also thankful that so many women around the blogosphere are embracing their bodies. Actually not only that they're embracing them, I'm thankful that they're celebrating them. I am so inspired by this self-love movement that seems to be growing in strength everyday. And I gotta say, I love how the movement has a bit of a "fuck you" attitude.

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Women all over the place are taking control of their own self-image and self-worth and they're saying, "You know what stereotypical, accepted and too-often coveted images of beauty!? I'm beautiful, too. I might even be more beautiful than you because I'm real and I'm confident and I am my own woman. I dress how I want. I eat what I want. I do what I want and I feel what I want. This is my size and my shape and I love it no matter what. Can you say that? No, you can't, because you're not real. You're created by a graphic designer with a devilish program called Photoshop. A program created to edit. Isn't that just the worst word? Edit. I hate it. It means you're not perfect. It means you have things that need changing. Well, screw that! Society doesn't need edited photos of women's bodies. Society needs to see REAL women. They need to see our dimples. They need to see our freckles and our hips and our breasts, whether they're up to our collar bones or down to our knees. Our "flaws" are the most beautiful parts of us. To erase them and edit them is to ignore our true selves - to ignore the fact that each of us is unique and beautiful. So, Stereotypical Beauty, you can exit to the left and never come back, ya hear? I don't want you or need. Just get out!"

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Anyway, you get the idea, we ladies are on a self-love tirade. First, we'll change how women look at themselves and then we'll change how the world looks at us. I truly believe, if we are confident and we see what our bodies are worth, no matter if we're wearing a size 2 or a size 32, if we have one chin or three, if we're confined to a wheelchair or we're privileged enough to stand on our own two feet, it's only up from here for us ladies. After this fight, both the internal and external, we will come out as happier, healthier beings. And, we will be promoting a much needed change.

So I send all the power to the gorgeous and awe-inspiring women changing their own way of thinking and the way of thinking of others. Because of all of you, maybe one day we'll live in a world where we accept and love and see the beauty in everyone.

And wouldn't that be something to be thankful for?

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Before I end off, I want to credit Amy, Rachele and Jes for creating such an easy jumping off point for this movement of self-love. Between the three of you, there are three separate and equally fantastic link-ups going on.

Amy: Summer of Self-Love
Rachele: Proud of My Size
Jes: Womanefesto

I plan on writing my own Womanefesto, as was requested by Jes the other day, but I'm sorry to say it won't come until late next week, as I'm heading on a wee vacay to Yellowknife. I also promise to link up with Proud of My Size in the near future. And to prove that I'm not too chicken, I'll even reveal my dress size to you right here and now. You ready for it? I'm rocking a size 8 and it feels GRRRRRRREAT!

Well ladies, that's all for today. While I'm away, I have AH.MAZING guest posts lined up to keep you entertained. I'll see you all again next week!

And until then, embrace that bod of yours. It's hot!

10 comments:

  1. This is an awesome post! I always feel like I'm in the throes of body issues having dropped 15-20 pounds last year & gained 10 back... but you're right, bodies should be celebrated regardless of size!

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  2. I agree with Shayla - great post! I am my worst critic and it's affected my body a lot over the years, need to learn to love it!

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  3. This whole post was so awesome! I can't wait to read your Womanifesto--I'm typing mine up in my spare time and I'm excited to share it. Have a blast in Yellowknife! I hope pictures will be shared!

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  4. This makes me so happy! I've been really happy to be seeing this message be spread around lately. Everyone at every shape and size is lovely <3

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  5. Such amazing words. I love all the positivity that you are giving yourself and encouraging others to give themselves..it is so important! I love that love your belly patch too :)
    have a wonderful time in yellowknife!

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  6. this is AMAZING. so inspirational and makes me feel SO MUCH BETTER im not the only one that doesnt care less about being a skinny minny (i like food WAY too much)

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  7. i love all the posts about accepting size - as someone who has long struggled with feeling less than stellar about my body, i love that this is such a strong positive community of bloggers who are all about different sizes.

    <3 katherine
    current giveaway on of corgis & cocktails

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  8. Love this post!! It is so important for women to be confident and secure with the body they have, since after all we only get one. So happy to be your newest follower.

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