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Fit is a Feminist Issue, Link Round Up #46




This is where we share stuff we can’t share on Facebook page for fear of being kicked out! Read why here. Usually the posts are about body image, sometimes there’s nudity but we’re all adults here. Right?

By the way, Facebook recently clarified its stance on nudity, writing, “We remove photographs of people displaying genitals or focusing in on fully exposed buttocks. We also restrict some images of female breasts if they include the nipple, but we always allow photos of women actively engaged in breastfeeding or showing breasts with post-mastectomy scarring. We also allow photographs of paintings, sculptures and other art that depicts nude figures.” For the full story see here.

Oh, so scary. Nipples!

Why does a fitness blog even care about body image? You can read about that here.

Stop excluding black women from the body positive movement 

Many people have probably heard about Nicole Arbour’s fat-shaming rant on YouTube, and more notably, how quickly fat positive activists like Whitney Way Thore and Lindy West responded, calling out its cruelty, lack of actual comedic quality, unoriginality, and outdatedness. The latter critique, the one that suggest we’ve moved beyond fat shaming in such blatant and overt ways, is mentioned and supported by West, who nods to a body-positivity movement that has been increasingly acknowledged by the mainstream.  And I would have to agree, the fat/body-positive movement is bustling… with white women.The legacy of fat/body-positivity is turning out to be not much different than the history of the feminist movement that it relies on to support its stances: one that prioritizes and privileges white women. Representations of fat white women have become commercially accessible and visible – for example reality shows to reveal  the complexities of their lives and magazine covers intended to convince women that they can indeed be fat and confident. Meanwhile, fat Black women’s representation in mass media is relegated to comedy (where our bodies become part of the act itself); and we all hold our breaths, waiting for the latestPrecious joke to pass while simultaneously praying that Gabby Sidibe‘s current major role won’t be her last. And while trendy fashion bloggers like Gabi Fresh and Essie Golden are certainly beginning to push the boundaries on fat Black girl visibility in a way that isn’t strictly satirical/degrading, they are limited to the beauty subgenre (because for us the presentation must always be on point).

9 Body Positive Truths That Aren’t Always Pretty

I’m not very easily moved by inspirational memes, so you normally won’t find me doling out quotes or song lyrics on social media. Still, I do have a few of my own body positive truths that I live by, despite the fact that I’ve vowed to never superimpose those words over an image of the setting sun or countryside stream at dusk.

The thing about inspirational statements is that oftentimes they can feel mired in hyperbole. While that kind of approach is definitely useful and powerful for many people, my radar for corniness and schlock is simply too strong. If I’m being honest, I’ll admit that I’m just far too cynical.

That’s why when it comes to body positivity, I’ve had to come up with my own personal affirmations for how I want to practice it and be a part of the movement. Mine tend to leave emotion to the door. In a way, the statements I repeat to myself about body positivity each day are more rooted more in fact than awe-inspiring quotables. Here are nine of my favorite body posi statements to live by, for all of the crabby cynics and hopeful participants of self love who can relate.

This Body-Positive Yogi Will Banish Your Perceptions About the Typical “Yoga Body”

You’ve probably heard the term “yoga body” carelessly thrown around within the fitness community. People sometimes use those words to refer to the corded, willowy physiques frequently spotted around vinyasa studios and Lululemon stores . . . but as any yogi knows, there is no one “yoga body.” Unsurprisingly, the unfortunate habit of referring to one specific body type as a “yoga body” leaves out those who don’t fit the mold — it sometimes even discourages people from beginning their own practice. But thanks to body-positive yogi Valerie, better known as Big Gal Yoga, more people are realizing that anybody can practice yoga (and look good doing it).

“Through my own yoga practice, I’ve come to love my body, and accept it as it is now,” says Valerie of her increasingly popular yoga practice, which she documents on Instagram and through her website. “My practice has also given me the strength to get over the mental hurdle of my own self-doubt when it comes to enjoying the fun and beautiful things in life.” The plus-size yogi, who is active within the San Francisco Bay Area yoga community and strives to become a yoga teacher herself, has amassed over 65,000 social media followers who adore her inspiring message. Her transparency about her body and willingness to share her yoga practice with others has inspired followers to begin yoga on their own.

Amber Rose’s Heroic ‘Funny or Die’ Walk of No Shame

Susan B. Anthony. Gloria Steinem. Alice Walker. Amber Rose?

In this illustrious list of famous American feminists, Rose is the obvious outlier. But maybe the arch nemesis of the Kardashian clan actually belongs in this echelon of women changing the way we conceive of feminism and sexuality?

The woman once best known for being Kanye West’s and Wiz Khalifa’s main squeeze has started a rebellion against some of the longest-held views about women’s bodies and sexual expression—one red carpet and viral video at a time.

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