1. hannibals-souffle:

    I wish we could all think of our bodies like dragons. Like, would a dragon complain about being too big? Or having rough skin? No, and they’ll just burn down anyone who tells them otherwise.

    (via hannibals-souffle)

     
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  3. Continuing the trend of great music videos this week, here is John Legend’s new one for his song “You & I (Nobody in This World).”

    I love this. It shows a hugely diverse group of women in the most amazing light, celebrating them all as beautiful. I may have teared up a little bit… A few of its best qualities:

    • When I say the women are diverse, I mean it not just racially. There are women of different sizes, shapes, physical ability, sexual orientation, level of health, age, religion, occupation, etc. It represents the real range of women out there in the world who are so often shut out of mainstream media.
    • Not all of the women are happy in their segments. We are so often told to smile, as if happiness must be our default setting. Women should not have to smile to please men, and I think that is just one of the things this video gets absolutely right.  
    • I usually get annoyed with songs like this, because they make it seems as if a man’s validation that “I think you are beautiful” is all a woman needs to live her life. But I felt like the video showed the story differently, as if everyone sees you as beautiful even if you don’t recognize it yourself when you look in a mirror.

    What do you think?

     
     
  4. From The Huffington Post:

    "I’m all about that bass, ‘bout that bass — no treble."

    So declares Meghan Trainor in the relentlessly catchy “All About That Bass.” Trainor, a 20-year-old songwriter based in Nashville, lends her own voice to this retro-pop body acceptance jam. A summer anthem promising to “bring booty back?” We’re in.

    In the video, Trainor and Co. “won’t be no stick figure silicon Barbie doll, so if that’s what you’re into then go on and move along.” Vine star Sione Maraschino busts serious moves in the background, matching (or outdoing) any video girl we’ve ever seen.

    The tune declares “skinny” overrated and celebrates men and women of all shapes and sizes. “I wrote this song because I myself struggle with this concept of self-acceptance,” Trainor said in an email to HuffPost. “It was written from a real place so I’m glad that other people can relate to it.” The message is perfectly positive with a few jabs at “the magazines, working y’all’s photoshop. We know that sh*t ain’t real, come on now, make it stop,” as Trainor sings.

    Despite the absurd standards of thinness promoted by the beauty industry, Trainor hopes to “break those chains,” she told HuffPost. “It’s impossible for a girl to live up to what we see in the magazines… Everyone is born to be different, and [yet] that’s the thing that makes us all the same.”

    We’re all about that.

    Hayley’s Note: I like the song and the video’s message, and I appreciate that it showcases a diverse group of women (and one man) of different sizes, although they do seem to stereotype the “skinny” woman. She does redeem herself a little towards the end and finally gets to have some fun, but I wish the video made it clear that it’s okay if you don’t have that “size 2” body, but it’s also okay if you do. That would have made it truly amazing for me.

    What are your thoughts about it?

     
     
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  6. "Make sure you don’t start seeing yourself through the eyes of those who don’t value you. Know your worth even if they don’t."
    — Thema Davis  (via uglypnis)

    (Source: minuty, via loveyourchaos)

     
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  8. dragondicks:

    promoting body positivity for larger girls:

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    doing so by throwing skinny girls under the bus, calling thinner girls “fake”, or insisting that being bigger is “what men really want” (implying that any female body type is only good if it has male approval):

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    Promote body positivity for everyone! 

    :)

    (via moonbutterfly)

     

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