Posts tagged body image
How To Be More Grateful For Your Body

This past year has really tested me when it comes to my body image. After having gone through a fair amount of anxiety I turned to my trusted coping mechanism—food. Feeling the need to indulge in food as a way to feel better not only made me feel physically ill, but also changed the way I viewed my self-control, especially when I noticed my body begin to change in tandem. After having discussed these feelings with my therapist, I realized that my insecurities didn’t lie in the way I looked, but rather how I thought I would be perceived by others. Instead of recognizing how supportive my body was trying to be for me during times of high anxiety and, in a sense, putting on armour by gaining a bit of weight, I was berating myself.

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My Struggle with Food & Body Image

For as long as I could remember I had been sneaking food. I never saw a need for it until I hit puberty and my growing female figure was being pointed out to me - not in complimentary ways, but in the suggestion that it was just too much. My breasts were too big to no longer wear a bra, my hips were too wide to keep eating whatever I wanted. I was now to monitor myself and my habits, and if I couldn't do that then someone else in my family would.

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IT'S (SOMETIMES) OKAY TO NOT LIKE YOURSELF

For all of 2016 and the beginning of 2017 we have been bombarded with articles, inspirational quotes and motivational Instagram pictures of self positivity. I can't scroll through the discover page without seeing a post about body acceptance or loving your flaws, and while I'm definitely not going to sit here and disregard these messages as important and influential, I'd like to posit the argument that sometimes it's okay to not like yourself. 

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THINGS THAT MAKE ME A BAD FEMINIST

In response to reading Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay, I thought I would write up a post about what I think poses as problematic in my own feminism. The term ‘feminist’ has always seemed to have a negative connotation attached to it alongside with the very positive interpretations of the movement. Where one person might view it as equality between the sexes, another might see it as man-hating. This divide seems to leave many people (women included) hesitant to call themselves feminists, despite the fundamental notions of the movement being aligned with theirs. No one wants to seem fanatical, but sometimes taking a greater stand is what needs to be done to convey a point.

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ON MY (SLIGHTLY PRETENTIOUS) VIEWS OF BEAUTY & SELF-TRUTH

If I’m not thin, I’m not beautiful. If my skin isn’t clear, I’m not beautiful. If I’m not young, I’m not beautiful. These are the thoughts that cascade down the waterfalls of my mind, crashing into the treacherous rocks of insecurity and low self-esteem—a drop difficult for anyone to survive. As women, we’ve been raised to keep a few specific traits in mind when considering ourselves beautiful and most of those contradict what our bodies can actually do. The inspiration for this post came from the strong sense of disingenuity I’ve been feeling about my art and style based on the fact that I have these predisposed ideals of beauty that I feel I need to achieve.

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