Stop Hating Your Body!

13 Aug

I came across this picture yesterday.

And it made me miss living with my best friend.  How we could walk around our little apartment in our underwear and she’d laugh at my big granny bras and I’d laugh at her insanely tiny belts.  It made me remember how many kinds of bodies there are, and that they’re all normal.

Then I remembered that this is the internet so lots of other people were thinking about it too. is a site where you can upload a picture of yourself anonymously with your height and weight as an example of natural bodies for other young troubled women.


The My Body Gallery project needs real women!  We are just starting out and need your help to develop the project and build a collection of photos that will help more women see themselves more clearly.  Upload a picture of your full body in any pose.  Our photo submission process also allows you to block out part of the image to protect your identity, if you wishClick here to begin.

This tumblr is full of pictures posted by ladies.  They talk about how their (insert body part here) isn’t big/small/round/flat enough but how they’re trying to love it anyway.

Yes, many people, probably most people, say that disliking your body is a normal part of being a woman. If by “normal” they mean that the majority of women, 80-90%, dislike their bodies, then yes, it is “normal.” The vast majority of women in this culture at this time do dislike their bodies.

But to think that this is normal as in natural, as in necessary, as in a normal function of being alive, is ridiculous. This belief is part of the problem. Since it is so ubiquitous, many women have come to accept that it is just part of being a woman. This is ludicrous! It is settling for what happens to be the situation for many, instead of envisioning the possibilities that are available for all. It is accepting mediocrity instead of creating grandeur. It is maintaining the status quo instead of envisioning the truth.

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