Body Shaming is nothing new, it’s been around for years in one form or another. But with the rise of the internet it is seemingly becoming more frequent, more visible and more fought against…
…I guess I’ve been lucky. If you follow me over on Instagram you will have seen my progress pictures that I post on a regular basis and thankfully I don’t seem to have attracted the hatred that some of the more popular faces and bodies on social media have. But just because it isn’t happening to me, doesn’t mean I can turn a blind eye to it.
I’ve particularly seen a lot of it this week.
I currently put a lot of hard work, time and effort into “improving” my appearance and not because anyone has made me to feel like I should, but because I want to, because it makes me happy to and because I can do.
So imagine that you do this, that you train daily, restrict your diet in order to make yourself happy, to achieve a goal or dream only to be greeted by a sea of negativity, inappropriateness and jealousy. Imagine how this would make you feel.
You should never be judged because of who you are, what you stand for or what you want to achieve in the same way that you should never be judged because of where you come from, how you look or how you speak.
Comments such as “It’s not that hard to lose some weight”, “Yuk!!! So manly” and simply putting “Eugh” may not seem like a nasty thing to put at the time, hey you’re probably just speaking your mind, but the person on the receiving end may not see it that way.
Ok so so far this post has been a little ranty. Let’s bring it back to the point.
We all know what body shaming is, we see it, we experience it and we all hate it. So how can we move on from it? Well as with any issue the first step is awareness, so let’s talk about it openly and freely, engage in debates about it and make it a hot topic that shamers can no longer hide away from.
For every negative comment you see on your social media feed, post a positive one. Tell that person what you love about them, why you follow them or how they inspire you. It could make their day!
Most importantly of all let’s stick together and stand up against the bullies, the shamers and the abusers. We are all unique, we are all wonderful, sexy and strong in our own ways, it doesn’t matter if we have slim, athletic or boyish frame, what matters is how we feel inside and we should never be made to feel ashamed.
Have you been a victim of body shaming or online bullying?
How did/ do you deal with it?
Let me know below and I’ll catch up with you again soon, until then though x
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