At The Emily Program, we believe that people of all shapes and sizes deserve respect and that everyone has the right to inhabit a body that is comfortable and healthy for them, regardless of cultural expectations. While we recognize that the body positivity movement has flaws, including the underrepresentation of diverse voices, we firmly believe that we should honor and appreciate how our bodies help us move through the world.
But last week’s much-discussed New York Times opinion piece “The Problem with Body Positivity” reminded us that the phrase “body positivity” carries a lot of complexity and can mean many different things to different people. This inspired us to reach out and ask for opinions on what “body positivity” meant to individuals in our network.
Here are some of our favorite answers to the question “What is body positivity to you?”
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