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A lot of people use the hashtags “body positivity” but their version of being positive reads more like “I was fat, but now look at skinny I am”, which is kind of the opposite of what body positivity means. Sometimes it can be really hard finding body positive (or even body neutral) websites and social media online. I’d always say to steer clear of social media accounts and things that involve before and after photos – unless it’s “before I bought this super cool jacket” and “after I bought it and it was amazing”. Or things that involve a before and after picture involving good vs. bad bodies – that’s not body positive at all and you don’t need that in your life.
So here’s a little list, just to make it a bit easier than searching through a thousand bopo hashtags (although, sometimes that can be really fun too).
Please remember, this is my own little list.
It’s not an absolute, encyclopedic inventory of every single body positive site on the internet. I’m only one little fat girl – that’s way too much pressure!
First up on the list, we have Jes Baker over at The Militant Baker.
Jes is an empowering, unique, down-to-earth, intelligent woman. She rocks my world a lot. Other than being a pretty big superstar in the world of blogging, The Militant Baker has been featured on a ton of media platforms and Jes has spoken at a number of universities and events on the topic of Body Love.
Jes has done a lot of visual campaigns and clothing companies to promote positive body image and plus size clothing. She has also authored an amazing book called Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls: A Handbook For Unapologetic Living. If you haven’t had a chance to read her book yet, I triple-dog-dare and highly recommend that you jump right on it and read up a storm. It’s full of amazing insights and truth bombs, hilarity, and swearing.
Jes talks openly and frankly about mental health, speaking out against fat shaming, and spreading the body positive love! I also recommend constantly taking photos of certain paragraphs and sending them to your boyfriend to read. Also lend the book to your mum – or to my mum, I’m sure she’ll read it again!
Again, the title of this Instagram account kinda sums it up. What Fat Girls Actually Wear is one of my favourite late-night-trawl-through-the-internet adventures. Seeing girls with similar body shapes or styles as me, as well as seeing some freaking amaaazing fashion and body positive folk, it’s an awesome, instantly smile-making, occurrence.
Let’s face it, a fair amount of clothes for plus size women can be well… pretty shit. Ill-fitting clothes that have been pushed shamefully into dark corners of the Plus Size sections of your local department store, or that have that have been stitched together from potato sacks in muted colours or things that fat girls are allowed to wear.
You know the drill – nothing form-fitting, but nothing too baggy, never ever horizontal stripes, nothing that shows the fact that you have cellulite or chunky thighs, or wibbly wobbly arms, etc etc.
(Fuuuck that. Come arrest me in my seven layered tutu and my bikini top, buddy. I’ll tear your eyes right out with my little sausage fingers.)
But I digress… What Fat Girls Actually Wear lets girls express their style and themselves in a really positive and encouraging way, reiterating once again that you can be fat and love your body and wear whatever the heck you want, and rock the crap out of it!
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Founded by @margotmeanie, Alternative Curves celebrates the more alternative (funnily enough) side of plus size fashion. Think Wednesday Addams, Lydia Deetz, Stevie Nicks, Spice Girls, mermaids and unicorns, every 80s punk rock queen ever… That kinda deal.
Eff Your Beauty Standards does exactly that with its handpicked photos from Instagram, of some pretty amazing people with many different bodies and stories rounded up by a group of body positive folk from around the world.
Thanks for supporting the #selfiesforselflove movement! You are stunning! Anyone can join by tagging their photos!💋 from @MsLindsayM Repost @lovethyself365 with @repostapp ・・・ My name is LaKeisha. I'm 35 years old. I'm fat and I don't see this as an "problem/issue". I'm battling several mental illnesses. I love myself just the way I am. Don't let society tell you any different. #lovethyself365
Selfies for Self Love is, well, pretty self-explanatory. It’s an Instagram account dedicated to increasing diverse representation in media through the act of taking selfies.
Selfies can sometimes be seen as self-absorbed or being vain, but I don’t think that’s the case – why the hell can’t we take photos of our bodies when we feel amazing? Why in the world not? Who the fuck dictated that to be a rule? Other than, you know, society (insert crotchety old man shaking fist here).
Taking selfies can be an amazingly magic tool! I know that I personally take a bunch of them – if my outfit looks particularly amazing, or on days when I look in the mirror and think, yes, that is a damn fine face, then my crappy phone camera comes out and a lot of selfies get snapped.
I had to sneak this one is as it’s been a huge part of my life, especially over the last five weeks.
Run by the two supremely intelligent and genuine women, Body Positivity Australia doesn’t offer empty promises, or “if you read this website, or follow these courses, you’ll instantly feel better, because hey, that’s not always possible. It does however go a long way to, well, hitting you over the head with the fact that, hell yes, your body is amazing, and that it shouldn’t have to have restrictions or rules put upon it to make it “perfect” or pleasing to anyone else.
First up we have Fiona Sutherland, who is a leading specialist in Mindful Eating and the NonDiet Approach and supports the idea of HAES (Health at Every Size).
The yin to Fiona’s yang is awesomely talented Sarah Harry, who is a bit of a wizard when it comes to Body Image and Body Peace. She has over 15 years of experience with people when it comes to helping them find a healthy and happy relationship with their bodies. Sarah’s not only a jack (jill?) of all trades (clinician, lecturer, researcher, yoga teacher and writer) when it comes to body image, she also has personal experience with the struggle for body positivity and is one of Australia’s leading specialists in Body Image and Disordered Eating.
Body Positive Australia is currently running an online Body Peace course (which I’ve been lucky enough to take part in) combines yoga, videos, online support, workbooks. The videos involve Sarah basically having a conversation with you, complete with one of the best laughs I have ever heard, and things that have thus far, been helping me soooo much with my own body struggles. I don’t know if this course is offered up to people outside of Australia (I may sound like I’m spruiking like a 1950s vacuum cleaner salesman, but I just really dig their whole energy and messages.
Sarah and Fiona don’t offer any weight loss tricks or tips to give you a golden ticket to body positivity. They firmly believe that fat is not the problem. Dieting is the problem.
Their objective is to help give you ease and comfort in your body, again, hopefully helping you realise that regardless of size, shape, colour, ability, health, you are “allowed” to feel positive about your body.
I would be remiss if I failed to mention She Might Be Magazine (that’s where you are right now, in case you were somehow unaware). This online magazine community is the brainchild of Georgina who you can also put on your amazingly Body Positive list and keep track of her blog at http://www.shemightbeloved.com/.
She Might Be is also the UK’s first completely body positive online magazine featuring bloggers from not only the UK, but the US, and Australia as well.
This online magazine features a pretty awesome and incredible talented group of writers coming together. She Might Be endeavours to bring body positivity and confidence into the foreground of your brain where it should be. Instead of letting it sit in a dark corner in the cobwebbed recesses of your mind because your brain has been trained that if you like your body and it’s not “perfect”, then you are clearly a wretched human-being (NOT TRUE, NOT TRUE!)
From the latest in plus size fashion, trends, and trashy gossip, to mental health, sex, and living with disabilities, She Might Be is definitely a big X to mark down on your Body Positivity treasure map.
So there you have it, a (very) little dip into the online world of Body Positivity. Go explore!