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:
1. The Body is Not An Apology: Sonya Renee Taylor was the first person I heard use the term "body terrorism", which she uses to describe the fear of violence against our bodies in many forms, including racism and diet culture. TBINAA "believes that discrimination, social inequality, and injustice are manifestations of our inability to make peace with the body, our own and others".
YES to all of that.
Sonya advocates for radical self love as a way to liberate and empower ourselves and I'm all for it.
2. Nalgona Positivity Pride: Gloria Lucas is raising awareness about eating disorders in Latinx/Indigenous communities and decolonizing body positivity. She shines a bright light on how systemic oppression, historical trauma, and racism play a significant role in eating disorders. You can follow her work on Facebook and Instagram.
3. Ivy Felicia, The Body Relationship Coach: I know Ivy personally and I also LOVE her work. She recently created an incredible Instagram page called Fat Women of Color, which showcases body types we don't usually see in mass media. Go check it out today and join the other 10K people who love to see fat women of color thriving and taking up space.
4. Be Nourished: Hilary and Dana have been at this work for a long time now and I consider them to be leaders in raising awareness about and offering solutions to diet culture and fat phobia. They're fierce advocates for weight stigma being included in conversations about social justice and body oppressions. I've learned a lot from them over the past 2 years. You can follow them on their Facebook page.
Whether you're new to body acceptance or you've been exploring it for a while and you're looking for something new, these are all great resources.
I'm always looking for people to add to this list. So:
Is there anyone you follow on social media who has helped you to opt out of diet culture?
Just tell me in the comments below…