The Good: I recently posted a bikini photo to my instagram. Two months ago I would have laughed in your face if you even suggested I stand near a bikini let alone pose in one so this was a big deal. I have several women I follow that have shown me that size really doesn’t matter, self love and acceptance does. Now I’m small potatoes in the world of social media but I tagged some ladies from the body positivity community that have continued to inspire me everyday and they responded by showering me with support and love. I felt like I was a part of the community and I felt like Wonder Woman in my post. Did I need their support to post? No. But it felt so good to have someone show it. This week The Good is body positivity community members @fatgirlfashioninspo @curvynyome @khal_essie
The Bad: Netflix is standing behind Insatiable and will move forward, choosing to air it on August 10th. Netflix’s Original Series vice-president Cindy Holland states, “Lauren Gussis, who is the creator, felt very strongly about exploring these issues based on her own experiences, but in a satirical, over-the-top way,” She also indicates that fat shaming is in the DNA of the show. The premise of the show is fatty Patty is an unhappy teen who is punched in the face and has to have her jaw wired shut over the summer. She loses weight and became instantly desirable, ambitious and out for revenge. Debbie Ryan, of Disney channel fame, brings in a young audience who are (excuse the pun) fed the belief that if you can lose weight, and fast, your life will be better. Boys will want you and you can join whatever social group you want. Thin is the only way to be enough, so do whatever you have to get there. Do we need one more show to promote that, especially one marketed at a younger age demographic? If you would like to sign the petition click here or share my blog post on Insatiable and the damage its already set to create.
The Ugly: If you don’t know who the Kardashians are or you haven’t seen one of them then you are a better person then me and about 10 million others. So for the rest of us who are at least familiar with them, I’d say we were in shock with how they chose to compliment sister Kim yesterday on Insta Stories. Khloe described Kim as being so unbelievably thin that she has an “anorexic waist”. This was a welcomed compliment by Kim. I was surprised by the word choice made by Khloe, as she is the cofounder of Good American jeans whose tag line states they are “doing something that empowers other women, something that’s going to break down barriers”. I could be mistaken but promoting an eating disorder as a compliment, encouraging the eating of nothing but “air” and welcoming the idea that you must not be eating, promotes unhealthy and unrealistic body standards.
*The body positive community had a lot to battle with this last week and they were up for the fight. Over 208,000 people have signed the petition to keep Netflix from airing Insatiable. While it did not achieve its original goal it has brought a lot of attention to the real danger in teens watching the show. The trailer itself has triggered relapses and our strong bopo warriors have spoken out to share their stories in hopes of helping others. @bodyposipanda and @iweigh have made sure to promote the negative body talk shared by the Kardashians. Come on ladies, if you really cared about your fans you would help them care about their bodies no matter what size!