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Body Positive (Comic)

Regardless of the intricacies of the body positive movement, what it comes down to is respect. Respect for ourselves, yes. That’s the first hurdle, and arguable the hardest. But we can’t just stop there, we need to go even further into something that completely demolishes everything we’re taught by the media.

We need to show respect for others. Specifically, respect for people that are overweight or obese.

The problem with a lot of body positive subscribers is that they tend to stop somewhere between “it’s okay to be yourself” and “you need to respect every body type. No, really, every body type.”

This is one of the issues I have with the “healthy at any size” movement. It doesn’t take it far enough. It states that as long as you’re healthy, it doesn’t matter what size you are. You deserve respect.

I’d take it even farther: no matter your weight, whether or not you exercise or eat right, as a human being you deserve respect. Period.

Comic of two women talking. Woman 1: "You know, this whole body positive stuff makes sense. Why let other people dictate how you look at yourself? Let's take back our lives and feel good about ourselves!" Woman 2: "Yeah!" Woman 1: Unless you're really fat, or obese. Then you're just lazy." Woman 2: (Gives her a dirty look). By Bipolar Gurl, Persephone Magazine

By Bipolar Gurl

Bipolar Gurl is an artist and... well, that's about it really. Multi-talented she is not.

3 replies on “Body Positive (Comic)”

Thanks for the comic and the important point! I want to make sure you know though that it’s “health at every size” not “healthy” and that it doesn’t stand for “you are OK at any size as long as you are healthy.” That could not be farther from the truth. The HAES model was started by health professionals and activists as an alternative to weight-focused definitions of health. HAES focuses on what people of any size find to support their health – they may or may not meet some arbitrary criteria of being healthy, and the HAES model explicitly says people don’t have to be healthy to be worthy. You can find more about HAES at http://www.sizediversityandhealth.org, or read my chapter, “What is HAES?” in the Fat Studies Reader (Rothblum and Solovay, 2009). Thank you for your fine work!

But it’s so incredibly hard not to judge!

To be a little more serious, it’s a very vicious (that’s the word?) circle. I feel like if you’re comfortable with who you are, you feel no/much less need to judge others. If you are judged by others, it’s harder to feel comfortable with yourself.

Yeah, I mean come on, if you can’t judge what can you do? Lol.

I think for the most part that’s true- people who feel more comfortable in their own skin are less likely to begrudge others. I do feel there are certain people who are just plain dense about it though. I have a friend who’s overweight who’s very much about being good to herself about her weight. But she’ll then turn around and mock someone who’s heavier than she is. It might just be a front for a lot of hurt, but it’s also extremely frustrating for others.

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