P. Terry's Themed Body Positive Clap Back
Recently, I had a Doctor ask me “Why are you a body positive advocate? You seem to have the ideal body”. To set the stage, we are colleagues in the activism community and were chatting over lunch before our activist duties commenced. I was surprised at the boldness of his question, but I chose to answer nonetheless because I feel that education is important if we are to break the toxic social norms of the past. I went on to explain to him that most of my life I was 250-300lbs and had recently lost half of my body weight. I also explained that people with all different bodies struggle to love the skin that they are in. It was a productive albeit uncomfortable conversation. Though I was able to feel heard and understood by my colleague, I was left with some anger and resentment at societal norms. When I followed that anger to the core, I found my disdain for perfectionism with which I myself admittedly have struggled to overcome.
You see, when society tells us that there are “best” bodies that are somehow “perfectly” proportioned, we often loose sight of how beautiful our own differences are. We can no longer to afford to devalue the greatness of our individuality by allowing unrealistic societal norms to drive our self worth. Every one of us can be a body positive advocate. Even those who have a body that some may call ideal can be a voice to encourage others to love the skin that they are in.
And so for me, rather than let the energy from that uncomfortable conversation cause bitterness and angst in me, I decided to use it for creative energy. The Photo Babe and I got together and made these obscenely fabulous images in response to the pressure to be perceived as “perfect”. We picked up some deliciousness from our local Austin burger joint, P.Terry’s and got to Werk. I hope that by seeing them that you feel inspired, charged up or otherwise encouraged to be your own flavor of badass.
For more body positive and feminist inspiration, check out @atxfemme on IG to follow my most feminist self just speaking the honest truth ;)