Body image. Those two worlds hold more gravitas than other phrase in a feminist's handbook. We all get handbooks at the secret feminist agenda meetings, obviously.
In a recent Glamour survey, 97% of women recorded an average of 13 cruel thoughts about her body per day. Considering the average amount of waking hours per day, that's disconcerting.
More unnerving facts?
According to the National Eating Disorders Association, 42 percent of first- to third-grade girls want to lose weight, and 81 percent of 10-year-olds are afraid of being fat.
Currently, 80 percent of women in the U.S. are dissatisfied with their appearance. And more than 10 million are suffering from eating disorders.
The internet abounds with memes indicating that classically pretty women with 'manageable' curves are sexier than slender women, the other side of the double edge sword of body shaming.
So what can we do to combat this?
We can start by promoting body positivity.
What does that entail, exactly?
The root of body positive thinking, or it's essential credo, is that all bodies are worthy of love and respect.
Let me say this:
ALL BODIES ARE GOOD BODIES.
This is my body, in the red dress.
This is my body, with these stretch marks.
Your body is yours, and it is glorious.