Body Positive

Originally posted in Community Blog

*Editor’s note: May be NSFW

Our first assignment for the Women Filmmakers class I’m taking at Hampshire College was to create a short slideshow about an autobiographical event that shaped how we construct ourselves with specific attention to gender.

My friend and classmate, Dot, produced a wonderful piece about body positivity.  Dot’s piece about body size and normalized images of desire is an honest, frank and candid narrative of the need for positive acceptance of all body sizes.  I could go on about how wonderful this short piece is but her work can and does speak for itself.

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2 Comments

  1. Posted October 24, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful video. The fat-shaming that goes on in this world uses similar justifications that are used to shame the disability community. Arguments that fat is “unhealthy” and “abnormal” are also directed at disabled bodies that don’t follow a constructed ideal.

  2. Posted October 25, 2011 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    If I may get something off my chest…
    Not so long ago, I was a size 14, and I hated myself. In my teenage years, I used to be quite athletic and toned, not overly popular but not shunned, rather geeky though. One forgettable boy I liked one day called me ugly and his insignificant comment was enough to rob me of my confidence forever (maybe). Today, I’m a size 0, through a combination of dieting and then encountering unrelated medical issues and being on prescription medications that happened to make me loose more weight. Today I look in the mirror and I still hate myself. I still feel like and I still SEE “fat” and “ugly” in the mirror. I’ve got a graduate degree in forensic psychology… but I can’t reason with my mind. I see what I see. It’s there and my mind believes it. Cognitive distortions are difficult to change.
    Words are meaningful. Words are powerful. Words affect people. Words stay with them, eat at them. Words change people. One word can make a difference. Let it be a positive one like “beautiful”.

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