“Body Positivity inspires that your problem isn’t with your body. Your problem is what you think of your body and yourself. So, don’t let your mind bully your body because you are beautiful, strong, and enough.”
Body positivity refers to accept anyone and everyone regardless of the social and cultural norms about looking in a specific way. Moreover, It focuses on four key concepts that are
To challenge the way society views your body
To promote acceptance for everyone’s body irrespective of any race or criteria
Eliminating unrealistic body standards and expectations
Spreading positivity and confidence about everyone’s looks
Best Authors on Body Positivity
Some authors have done great work when it comes to body positivity and here lies the list of the best five authors who are promoting body positivity
Julie Murphy is the New York Times’ number one bestselling author and has flooded the market with her wonderful work. Some of her known books are ‘Side effects may vary’,’ Dumplin’, ’Pudding’, ‘Ramona Blue’, and ‘If the shoe fits’ etc.
In her book, ‘Dumplin’ she has talked about a teenage girl and the challenges that she faces because of her appearance as she participates in the beauty pageant which her mom won. The book talks about the complexities of the relationship that she experiences with her best friend, crush, and mother. The book was released in 2015 and a movie was launched on it in 2018.
Jes Baker-Things no one will tell fat girls: A handbook for unapologetic living
Jes Baker is a popular artist, photographer, and activist and has been actively working on body positivity. She majorly expresses her concerns about the female community and writes about all types of topics ranging from body hair to rape culture.
Through this book, the author openly invites everyone to stand tall against discrimination and prejudices based on their body and looks. Although the title of the book addresses fat girls, the book could prove to be an ultimate mind changer for everyone.
Megan Jayne Crabbe-Body positive power: How learning to love yourself will save your life
Megan Jayne Crabbe is a well-known social media celebrity and is more commonly known as ‘Bodyposipanda’. She has survived Anorexia, which is an eating disorder, and is an activist when it comes to body positivity.
In fact, ‘Body Positive Power’ is her debut book and turned out to be a spectacular success and #1 bestselling novel that inspired millions of women to look beyond their shapes and accept and love themselves for who they are. The book promotes the idea of body positivity through mind-challenging simple ways.
Lindy West-Shrill: Notes from a loud woman
Lindy West is an American writer, comedian, and activist and is the author of the well-known series ‘Shrill’. Her works shed light on feminism, equality, and women empowerment.
She has expressed her opinions and mindset openly through this book and has stood against any kind of judgment about one physical appearance. She promotes the idea of healthy appreciation and acceptance amongst each other.
Sonya Renee Taylor-The body is not an apology: Power of radical self-love
Sonya is a self-made girl that aspires to achieve so much. She is an author, poet, spoken word artist, speaker, humanitarian and social justice activist. Also, she is an educator and founder of The Body is Not an Apology movement.
She talks of unapologetic behavior and wide acceptance and rejects any form of guilt or disgust about one’s body.
All these authors fundamentally talk about one basic thing-acceptance. Acceptance for yourself and for others no matter what you are or how you look. However, at the end of the day, it’s all about who you are and how you decide to view the world. The way you feel, the things you believe in, and the ideologies you follow are all a choice that you make and you are what your choices make you.
So, choose the better alternative. And instead of criticizing yourself or someone else about their looks and body, try complimenting them for the traits you like about them.
No one tells you to change the world, only to be a change in this world.