Body acceptance leaders you should be following on social media

I have a love/hate relationship with social media, especially Facebook. 

I hate it because I spend too many waking hours scrolling mindlessly, but I LOVE it because I've discovered people who are doing incredible work in the body acceptance world. Social media has helped me transform my thinking about diet culture, body positivity, and social injustices (which are all related, btw). 

So, if you spend as much time on social media as I do AND you want to go beyond the fluffy, superficial mainstream body positivity noise, here are some suggestions are folks who GO DEEP and explore the cultural and systemic issues around our bodies:

We need to put an end to fatphobia in woke spaces

Recently I scrolled past a Twitter thread by a black woman about the history of police brutality in major U.S. cities, complete with facts, stats, and her own commentary.

Her final tweet ended with #blacklivesmatter.

It turns out that she's active in her community and online, with a pretty big following. I kept scrolling to see more of her posts and I thought "Cool, she looks like someone I could learn from".

 

But when I got about 20 tweets deep, I came across this: 

Let's stop telling the lie that weight loss is our life's work

"What does it say about our culture that the desire for weight loss is considered a default feature of womanhood?"

When I came across these 20 words on page 137 of Roxane Gay's new book Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, I had to pause and and put the book down.

(Sidebar: If you haven't read Hunger yet, I highly recommend it. I will warn you though: parts of it are intense. But Roxane's writing is open, honest, and full of truth.)

Anyway, back to this question.

What DOES it say about our culture?

The business of weight loss and faux empowerment

Have you noticed that selling empowerment to women is big business and it seems like everyone's trying to get their piece of the money pie? In the self-help and coaching (life, health, business, relationship) worlds, it's a word that gets used a lot.

It's been used so much that it can mean almost anything and absolutely nothing.

Marketers use it to sell everything from cereal bars to medicated eye drops.

The way that 'empowerment' is marketed to women is obnoxious.