” Well, because feminism is not a monolith, and no singular interpretation of feminism is perfect. These people fail to understand that (a) there are multiple ways to encounter ratchet music as a woman; and (b) there are also multiple ways to engage with and embody feminist principles. I reject the idea that to be a feminist, my life cannot be messy. I reject the idea that to be a feminist, I cannot engage with—and sometimes enjoy—“un-feminist-y” things. I reject any prescription of feminism that does not allow for a complex intersectionality.”
Wonderful perspective to check out, full piece HERE
“I shouldn’t have to alter my body to be afforded basic respect. I shouldn’t have to alter my body for someone to listen to what I have to say.
Telling you that combating my oppression is more important to me than your privilege does not make me prejudiced. It does not make me “mean.” It means that I’m standing up for myself.
It means that I’m saying I want you all to feel beautiful, but that fat people deserve to feel human first.”
Lots of reading and reflecting on this topic today. This particular piece spoke to me, I found it well written and concise.
Read it in full HERE
The body is not an apology
Let’s learn to say YES!
I agree with these gals 100%, country has come a long way since even the days of Reba McEntire and Trisha Yearwood and Terri Clark topping the charts, but that’s not necessarily a good thing. Ever talented, with something important to say. Kudos womyn for speaking up and keeping it real!
“Like a girl in a country song,
how in the world did it go so wrong?
Like all we’re good for is looking good
for you and your friends on the weekend.
We used to get a little respect.
Now, we’re lucky if we even get
to climb up in your truck,
keep my mouth shut,
and ride along down some old dirt road
we don’t even want to be on,
and be the girl in a country song.”
Wonderful series of folks talking about their experiences with appearance and body image.
Men are attracted to all kinds of body types, surprise!
Refreshing to see some of the comments, check out the highlights from reddit here
This really struck a cord with me, I can relate so much. I can remember being barely 10 and watching a Richard Simmons informercial with my own mom and her ordering us each the food counter and video package, and I remember feeling relieved I would finally be thin and beautiful.
She never shamed (or praised) me for my ever fluctuating weight, but the way she viewed and treated herself absolutely helped shape my body image and relationship to food in a negative way.
Mom, you are beautiful