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Blogger calls out the mainstream body positive movement and people are loving it

'The movement has forgotten about the very bodies it was created to protect'

Sarah Young
Tuesday 05 December 2017 14:19
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A plus-size blogger has called out the mainstream body positive movement for hijacking the term to fit its narrow beauty ideals.

A movement which sticks two fingers up to society’s pursuit for perfection, body positivity’s origins stem from celebrating diverse body types, no matter what shape or size they come in.

However, when one reality star used the term to title her upcoming book, people immediately took offence.

According to the Bookseller, Made in Chelsea’s Louise Thompson’s book ‘Body Positive’ details her transformation from “an anxiety-ridden party girl, battling with mental health and an unhealthy relationship with eating” to a woman who found “happiness, calm, direction and self-love” through better relationships with fitness and food.

But the book has since been slammed by the body positive community for commandeering the term as a way to promote diet and fitness

Taking to Twitter, plus size blogger Stephanie Yeboah aka Nerd About Town, addressed the debacle by expertly schooling the author on what the term really means in a lengthy thread.

“This book is essentially a diet and workout book. This is what is wrong with society classing ‘BoPo’ as mainstream,” she wrote.

“Body positivity is/was a movement that was created to celebrate bodies that were seen as outside of what is conventionally attractive. More specifically: fat bodies.

“Body positivity is NOT about celebrating the diet industry.”

Yeboah goes on to highlight how “annoying” it is when people who “fall within what society considers beautiful” decide to hijack a movement created for those in need of a safe space and warns that the meaning behind the term is in danger of becoming diluted.

“Body positivity is trash because of issues like this,” she explains.

“The movement has forgotten about the very bodies it was created to protect.

“Screw the book. Screw the diet industry. Screw standards of beauty. Screw body positivity.”

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