There’s a photo floating around Facebook that’s getting a lot of attention.
Looks a little something like this:
I’m not gonna lie. When I first saw it I thought, “Wow. That top photo is scary. I so much prefer the bottom image.”
Which, for me, is really a step in a healthier direction. Considering in the past I would’ve tried to make my body be like the top photo, even though my shape isn’t designed to look like that at all! But, I digress…
As I sat with myself and looked at the photo, I had the awareness that my original thought was still one of judgment. It still kept me in a thin vs. fat mindset. An us vs. them mentality.
And anytime you’re in us vs. them, there MUST be an enemy. (Click to tweet.) The enemy in the photo above is the Victoria’s Secret image. The thin women.
So, here’s my question: Why? What did those women do? For all I know they could be photo-shopped like crazy or simply naturally thin.
And that’s the point I’m trying to make. Health comes in all shapes and sizes. There are women out there who are tiny. Who have small frames and long, lean bodies. Just like there are women out there who are short, have a booty and a more muscular build (like me!).
Our society seems obsessed with making one better than the other. And it drives me mad.
Aren’t we all women (and men)? Don’t we all have something to offer beyond our bodies? Don’t we all struggle? Have dreams? Hopes and desires?
YES. We ALL do. How can we support that today?
Please know, I do celebrate Dove’s photo above for their choice to include more diverse shapes, but I think we can go farther. Next time let’s include older women, thinner women and maybe even some more ethnicities.
But, hey, we gotta start somewhere!
In the comments below let’s have a conversation. What are your thoughts? Do you get triggered by ads like the one at the top? Are you a thin woman who feels judged? Are you a heavier woman who feels judged? Do you base your beauty on being better/thinner/prettier than those around you?