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?
Our second annual Love Your Body cover story features an inspiring and diverse mix of Torontonians willing to bare (almost) all for the camera to promote body positivity. Since its release (on January 7th) the story has been going viral on websites all over the world. Check out some of the coverage below:
12 People Pose Nude To Show How Diverse Bodies Really Are –Buzzfeed
11 Activists Posing Nude to Prove Diverse Bodies Are Beautiful – Distractify
Why NOW Toronto Featured 12 Beautiful Everyday Canadians Posing Nude –Self.comMagazine’s Nude Editorial Highlights The Beauty Of Body Diversity – Huffington Post (USA)
“Ama il tuo corpo”: la diversità è un punto di forza –La Repubblica (Italy)
Transgender women, a wheelchair-bound athlete and a pregnant mom lead a group of twelve people who posed NUDE to promote body confidence in a Canadian magazine –Daily Mail (UK)
Naakte lijven met een bijzonder verhaal: ‘Ik schaam me niet’ –Linda Magazine (Netherlands)
Transgender Burlesque Performer, Wheelchair-Bound Basketball Player and Pregnant Activist Pose Naked for Body Positivity –People Magazine (USA)
These people got naked to show that every body is beautiful – Metro (UK)
This Nude Photo Shoot Is a Beautiful Rebuttal to All Those New Year’s Body Pressures –Mic.com
Meet the naked trans women, disabled athletes and human rights activists telling the world to ‘Love Your Body’ –The Independent (UK)
Activists And Athletes Pose Nude To Highlight The Beauty Of Body Diversity –Huff Post (UK)
Toronto went viral with a body positive campaign, Bowie songs, and winter beach sculptures –Yonge Street Media
These naked Canadian bodies will remind you that everyone is beautiful – TheLoop.ca
NOW Toronto’s “Love Your Body” Issue Is The Best Body-Positive Way To Start The New Year –Bustle
Pessoas tiram a roupa para mostrar que amam seu corpo em ensaio emocionante –Comportamento
Cisnormativity is when people think of cis as the default. When you say only women get pregnant that’s cisnormative because men get pregnant and non-binary people can get pregnant. The default assumption that cis bodies are everyone’s bodies kind of erases trans people.
“Out There” sex and relationships writer Maya Jordan considers herself a “talking head for kink & anti-slut shaming.” She’s done everything from stripper to licensed, accredited counselor and she even had her own show on Playboy Radio. But after she talked about being a sexually liberated woman (and not just a passive, cute toy to be picked up by a man), she found herself out of the latter job. We talk about this controversy, orgasms, breast implants, how book learning about dating affects real life relationships, crazy childhoods and much, much more.
Over the past seven days, I sought to be my most body positive self in the form of tweets, shares, and comments. And let me tell you, it was no easy feat. When I initially took upon a challenge to be body positive on social media for a week, I didn’t think it would be very hard. That was until I realized that, although I am chock full of body positive messages and the desire for all queers to love themselves, much of what I usually post has nothing to do with those things.
I normally don’t take such great lengths to spread body positivity on my social media accounts. In fact, I use Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pretty sporadically, regardless of what I’m talking about. But I noticed that when I do, the majority of my posts are usually negative. As an angry feminist and genderqueer person, I can’t help but criticize and call out problematic behaviors and representations in media. However, when all the content you’re producing is critical, it starts to make the environment feel a bit more militant than you might want, especially for someone who writes almost exclusively about loving yourself.
After participating in this experiment, I definitely want to apply some of what I used and learned over the past week to help make my social media presence that much more positive and encouraging. So without further ado, here is how my seven-day body pos journey went, and I what I learned along the way.