Every week on social media, another photo of a practically naked woman goes viral in the name of body acceptance. Whether these women have more rolls than Subway, cleavage pushed up to their chin, or a thigh gap wide enough to park a smart car, they all have one thing in common: They are attention seekers with possibly deeply-rooted issues. Far from being poster girls, they are symbols of all that is wrong about the body acceptance movement.
Unlike those who bare their bodies to destigmatize disabilities and bring awareness to the public, these women are not heroes. Posting a nearly nude body acceptance photo on social media is the modern day equivalent of the Mohawk during the 1980’s, and it elicits the same anticipated response: Attention! It is definitely not an act of bravery as some would have us believe.
Should Everyone Wear A Bikini?
Am I saying women should hate or hide their bodies based on weight or size? Absolutely not! Can any woman wear a bikini? Women should wear whatever the F they want and take as many photos of themselves as they want. What shouldn’t happen is the posting of those images to social media begging for approval. We need to have a zero tolerance policy towards glamorizing unhealthy and unrealistic bodies.
Real Body Acceptance
Ladies, let’s be real, if you’ve got a body, you’re bikini ready. For too long, we’ve been suppressed under the weight of unrealistic expectations that manipulate some of us into finding fault in our bodies. We are constantly subjected to subliminal messages about exercise, diet, and our femininity. Without this, would we ever need to slim, watch our weight, or run ourselves to exhaustion to feel confident about our bodies? Would we still have toxins injected into us, our bodies tucked, lifted, and implanted to look more feminine? Would so many of our beautiful and gifted sisters die trying to achieve the perfect look?
Reality Is No Longer Real
The harsh reality is that the constant judgments women face have changed us into caricatures of real women. Let say an obese woman posts a photo of herself wearing a bikini. We call her courageous and celebrate her “acceptance” of her size; we conveniently ignore the fact she is at risk of early death, stroke, heart disease, and other life-changing diseases.
A woman who diets to the point of looking emaciated claims she’s naturally thin and magazines feature her on their covers. She is honored as beautiful, but what would her doctor tell us about her health, bone density, fertility, and life expectancy?
With Great Bodies Comes Great Responsibility
There is one universal truth about women who lift: the bigger the biceps, usually, the smaller the boobs. However, almost every woman on stage, fitness models, Instagram stars, and sponsored fit chicks all have gravity-defying breasts.
When you have more muscle and little body fat, it is almost expected for women to get breast implants for aesthetics or a more feminine look. Fit chicks, you’ve earned the right to rock your badass body exactly as you choose, you’ve carved it out of iron. When you surgically enhance or fix “aesthetic imperfections,” it could be sending a strong message that our bodies aren’t good enough, no matter how strong or athletic, unless you’ve got some round, perky boobs.
This is not about shaming women of any particular size or shape. The shame must belong to those who insist our real bodies aren’t good enough. To the companies that are out to shame women into buying their useless products; those who say we should look like prepubescent girls and that stretch marks and smaller, natural breasts are aesthetically unappealing. Shame on anyone who have tricked healthy, normal women into crash diets that cause long-term problems. Shame on those who have taught women we should hate our bodies and use exercise as a punishment. Let’s stop supporting those companies and start supporting each other.