Too fat, too thin, too ‘booby’, not booby enough! No matter your body shape or size, you’ve likely been on the receiving end of some body negativity at some point in your life.
For years a certain idea of beauty perfection has been pedalled as the ‘right’ way to look and anyone that falls short (or tall!) of that ideal can find themselves having their ‘imperfections’ scrutinised.
But despite the fact that the upset the comments cause is often unintentional, the result is still the same – piling on the pressure to conform to certain beauty standards.
So to highlight the problem people have been sharing the comments people have made about their bodies using the hashtag #TheySaid.
The movement was started by Sally Bergesen, who posted a body-shaming comment made by her dad at the age of 12 and encouraged others to share their own experiences on social media.
“‘Keep eating like that and you’re going to be a butterball.’ My Dad when I was 12. Pls RT and share a body shaming comment. #TheySaid,” she wrote on Twitter.
And before long hundreds of women were using the hashtag to reveal that body-shaming is something that can happen to anyone.
But though the sharing of the experiences was no doubt empowering, the #TheySaid movement is about more than just airing comments from the past. It’s also about encouraging women to rise above the shaming comments they’ve received.
After her initial tweet went viral, Sally challenged women to tweet the responses they wished they’d given to their shamers and help inspire other women with how to react moving forward.
“What replies can we arm our girls with? I’ll start: “Actually, all bodies are different and I’m just right for me.” #TheySaid,” Sally wrote.
Since then women have been sharing their amazing clap backs using the hashtags #SheSaid.
And #TheySaid #SheSaid isn’t the only body positive movement making headlines at the moment. Step forward blogger and mental health advocate Positively Kate who’s on a mission to help kickstart women on their body acceptance journey.
Kate regularly shares inspirational posts to her nearly 15K followers and her latest hashtag is possibly her most inspirational yet.
Sharing a video of herself dancing around in her bikini, the BoPo activist wants to encourage others to #JiggleForJoy
In the caption for the video, Kate discusses her struggle with an eating disorder and says that she deleted the video seven times before finally leaving it up online.
“No matter what my emotional mind thinks or others say, my body is perfect,” she writes.
“My body is whole. My body is beautiful. And, my body – in its entirety – is worthy of love. All of that applies to you too, sweet warriors.”
“So, dear ED that has been plaguing me as of late, go duck yourself. I am doing #jiggleforjoy and god darn it ED, you aren’t going to stop me.”
Since posting the video and several other similar dancing vids have been viewed more than 24K times and received hundreds of comments from other women thanking her for her refreshing body positive attitude.
“This made me tear up from happiness and gratitude,” one follower wrote.
“Yes!!! I am going to take up some space today! I didn’t want to get out of bed this morning. Today is going to be a good day, because I will make it one! Time for some dancing and getting ready! Thank you for sharing this!” added another.
So ladies if you’re not feeling the body love right now, how about we all do a little jiggle for joy. And if you get any negativity about it, turn to #SheSaid for some clap back inspo.
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