A lot of great feminist stuff is written about body shaming and body acceptance but this is totally one of the best pieces I’ve seen written on the topic yet. “How to Talk To (& About) Humans” from Pip Lincolne at justb.
Not bothering with shoes at all, the Dove and Victoria’s Secret images are tapping into lots of different (bare-footed) things. People who don’t have model bodies, people who like model bodies, people who like undies, people who like ladies standing in lines, people who like people who are standing on one leg, people who love glamour, people who love girls-next-door, people who like armpits. All kinds of things. They’re designed to get our attention. And they’re designed to get us talking about bodies. And we are. Bam! Even armpits. Aww.
However well meaning these kinds of campaigns are, lining women up to celebrate body diversity often just creates body competition. It’s inviting us to make judgements and observations about how things look. It’s inviting us to size things up. Let’s not do that anymore.
We need to stop talking about size altogether. Yep. You know that. I know that. My dog knows that. The guy that makes my coffee knows that. We’ve been over and over it, right? Let’s move on!
No one is plus size. No one is minus size. No one is normal. We are more than that. We need to shift the focus from body acceptance and champion people acceptance. We need to shut the door firmly on this kind of stuff. It’s old. It’s boring. It’s not relevant. Begone.