At ShockYard we're strong proponents of creating an atmosphere that celebrates fitness as a means of enjoying life rather than a tool to break, shrink, or shame people's bodies. The general name for that attitude out on the internets and in the fitness world is "body positivity". Recently we came across a great post that addresses the ways that the language of "body positivity" has limitations and "body acceptance" or "body neutrality" might be better tools for folks trying to break away from mainstream attitudes about fitness.
Read more below!
"...Because while “Love Your Body” mantras and “Everyone Is Beautiful” Band-Aids are wielded by people with their hearts in the right places, it puts a lot of undue pressure on folks when we provide a “what” without the “how,” to expect them to miraculously jump from hatred to unconditional love in a single bound.
We’ve got to help people survive before we can expect them to thrive.
And while I’m all for a world where people of all shapes, sizes, genders, races, and abilities flaunt their stuff on the street, absolutely dripping with self-confidence, I also think it’s an unfair expectation.
Which is why, instead, I’m a proponent for body neutrality – for the acceptance of our bodies as-are, for the understanding that we are already enough, for the freedom to go about our days without a strong focus (positive or negative) on our physical shells – either as a step toward body positivity or as a goal in and of itself..."
Read the full post here...