Have you ever thought about the terminology that is used to insult the human form?
But when you really look at these words, how are the actually insulting? They're just adjectives.
A friend recently called me out on this. I got defensive over one of these terms and he asked a simple question, "why is 'jiggly' considered a bad thing?"
Yeah, Amy, what the hell? 🤦
In that moment, I realized how so many of us have been conditioned to believe these words to have a negative connotation to them. It took me years to even accept the word "curvy" as something of beauty. For someone practicing self-love, I was embarrassed for not noticing this sooner. These words described what is physically in front of us, but not their value.
Wide hips do not lessen your worth.
Cellulite does not lessen your worth.
Back fat does not lessen your worth.
Soft arms do not lessen your worth.
Sometimes, writing about vulnerable topics like this makes me feel like I'm being incredibly dramatic. I'm not expert in self-love, but talking about this helps the practice. After all, words can be powerful...we just have to change the narrative.
I draw, make, and occasionally tell a story.