Love, Don’t Shame Your Body

A drawing of nine women of various body sizes standing together in their undergarments. Each woman has a letter painted on her stomach, which together it spells "beautiful." Art by Isaiah Stephens
All Body Types Are Beautiful

By Brianna Love

Body positivity is a serious problem among women. It doesn’t matter what size a woman is. It’s almost a guarantee that she is self-conscious about her body. Recently, our culture has turned away from “fat-shaming” and focused on “skinny-shaming.”

Why do we care so much about what other women’s bodies look like?

I think it goes back to the basics of bullying. I will put you down to make myself feel better. We let our own insecurities affect the way we treat others, and it’s time to put that tendency to an end.

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Not So Pretty In PINK

PINK Bus stairs reading, Pink Campus Tour 2016. Your School. Your Pink. #pinkbus. Follow vspink on snapchat and instagram

By Chloe Rigg

Clothing has been an ever-changing part of society–practically changing with every generation. Some styles have been more bizarre then others, “‘Many [a woman] makes two breastbags [bags for the breasts], with them she roams the streets, so that all the young men that look at her, can see her beautiful breasts; But whose breasts are too large, makes tight pouches, so there is no gossip in the city about her big breasts.’” Though it might sound like a medieval rap lyric, this quote is from a 15th century satirical piece about women’s “bras” at the time. Though having vast knowledge on 15th century clothing might be a cool icebreaker, you don’t have to look far back into history to see how lingerie companies have affected women’s body image and self-esteem.

Earlier in the week, another Women’s Center blogger took a deeper look into why the PINK bus on campus was a good thing, and it doesn’t make you a bad feminist to support it. Because every argument has two {or multiple} sides, I will be discussing the negative aspects of the campus PINK bus.

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A Meditation on Beauty

By Kate Ringer

 

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My polished and flawless sister

I was a little shaken after doing my last blog post, My Week With Makeup. It was really hard to see two pictures of me, side by side, where I looked completely different. When I looked at myself wearing makeup, I felt like I finally measured up to the other girls I see walking around campus, the girls who look flawless. I looked older wearing makeup, and certainly more put together. I have a younger sister who is seventeen, and whenever we meet new people, they assume that she is older. Why? She wears makeup, she actually curls or straightens her hair in the morning, she’s polished and flawless and put together and so people assume she is older.

 

 

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Is Body Positivity All Inclusive?

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Victoria’s Secret campaign in 2010 compared to Dove’s in 2004

By Lauren Anthony

Loving your body is important on all accounts, but it helps so much when campaigns are launched and companies spread the love for the human body. In a world where Victoria’s Secret has its annual fashion show, sometimes it feels really good to see ads with other body types. We, as a society, are trying to move away from having to be thin and having the perfect assets and into accepting what we are born with. Now, this is inclusive for all women, right?

 

Well, not exactly.

While the current body positivity movement is all fine and well, women of color among others are being left out of the scene. If you look at Dove’s campaign photo above you can see that the majority of women who are used for the campaign are white. Other campaigns have the same method going, so when first looking at it, you might think this is not much of a problem. So, why are all women not represented equally when it comes to body positivity?

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Love Your Body!

SaraThere’s one undeniable fact about our society that, frankly, drives me nuts. The fact is, the majority of women–about 90%–are unhappy with their bodies. People are continually comparing their bodies to what they see in magazines, in movies, and on TV.  Honestly, I’m tired of it.

I have a confession… I LOVE MY BODY!  I love showing my body off.  I love shopping for clothes my size. If you have a problem with what I wear or what I look like, then don’t look at me. I am so tired of people assuming I’m dieting, exercising to lose weight, or unhappy with my body.

My body is part of who I am, and I love it!

Summer is a time for shorts and swimsuits and tank tops, and I am wearing all of it. My thighs jiggle, I have cellulite, and my stomach pokes out. This hasn’t stopped me from living my life to fullest, and having the most amazing summer yet.

I’m not saying I’m perfect, because I’m far from it. Some days I feel disgusting, and sometimes I can’t help but compare myself to beautiful women in the media. Everyone has flaws and things they want to change about themselves, inside and out. My advice is to try not to focus on those things every second of every day. I’ve been there, and it’s an exhausting place to live your life.

I know I could be in better shape, and could live a healthier life. But those are things I need to do for me. Being healthy should be a goal in itself, not just to look like the women in magazines–it’s a goal toward a better you. And it will come in your own time. Changes come when they are truly desired, and they can’t be forced. I have dieted and exercised and lost weight, but I gained it all back. Why?  Because I didn’t really want to lose it in the first place!

Your body is a work of art. It is unique and real and perfect.

I hate it when women talk badly about other women’s bodies, but I hate it even more when they talk negatively about their own. Confidence is beautiful and liberating. Embrace your body. You are so much more than what people see at a glance.

If there’s one thing that’s been on my mind all summer, it’s been my body and my body image. I’ve resolved not to change for anyone, because I am truly happy with who I am, and what I look like.  So stop talking about my body, because I’m too busy being happy and fulfilled with who I am to listen.

“You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful.” – Amy Bloom.