Socially constructed ideas of beauty lead several women to have serious self-confidence problems, in many cases to mental and physical illness and perhaps to suicide. Nowadays, it is not uncommon to easily find anti-body shaming posts from people proud to be how they really are, not constantly worried about social acceptance and judgement. This kind of posts are frequently grouped on image sharing sites, such as the wide Tumblr platform, and are linked to personal blogs of body love and appreciation.
I Am Not A Number:
“Acceptance is one of the greatest challenges in life. This is a place of encouragement and support in learning to love ourselves.”
“Our mission: to love ourselves, every last inch! To support others, help build positive self esteem! This is The Body Peace Revolution! This is a place of encouragement, a place to talk about body image, a place for feeling beautiful.”
“This is my body. It isn’t perfect. And I have been struggling to feel comfortable in it for a majority of my life now- but it is beautiful.” - Courtney
These are just two of the hundreds of blogs spread across the network, which are instances of hope and pride. They may help other people to have their own personal acceptance, first of all.
“Outside the commercial field, an amateur experience that has gained the attention of the Western media is the blog Eating Journey (Confessions of a Reformed Eater) led by Michelle Gay. In the ‘Exposed’ section this young woman proudly displays her body and invites other blog users to do the same. In response to this invitation many women (but also a few men) have posted photos of their bodies showing that they share the rejection of those models that lead them to despise their own image just because it differs from the glossy perfection that dominates the covers of fashion magazines. Users of Eating Journey instead want to celebrate their body, most interestingly in the practice introduced by Gay of highlighting presumed flaws such as a large belly with slogans like: ‘where I carried a healthy baby for 9 months’. Perfection is therefore increasingly seen as a false virtue, a feature common only to creatures confined to the fictional media world and as far from everyday reality as much as the protagonists of fairy tales or the heroes of Greek mythology. As pointed out by one of the bloggers that have exposed themselves: ‘The Beautiful at any cost, the Perfect in all the sauces, make us tired and bored, for the simple reason that they don’t belong to our earthly life of vulnerable and transient beings, constantly moved by errors and full of flaws and lacks of every kind. Imperfection is our natural habitat: a physical, moral and social imperfection.’”