Tired of being told how to act or dress? Or constantly worrying about food, trying the latest diets only to gain it all back? Consumed by your appearance or fear of fitting in? Outraged at the unjust discrimination millions of men, women, and children are subjected to every day because of how they look? ME TOO.
A brief history…
This semester, in my senior year of college, I have the privilege of taking a Women’s Study course called “Weight Matters: An Introduction to Fat Studies.” Each week, we are assigned readings, watch documentaries, and analyze media depictions, or lack thereof, concerning fat people. We challenge weight discrimination and fat bias, realizing they are learned social constructions which have been unjustly reinforced over time. Despite our focus on people of size, I find myself contemplating my own socialized beliefs about every image and size, including my own. We live in a society of unrealistic expectations and constant discrimination towards people when they “fail” to live up to these predetermined standards of beauty.
It comes as no surprise, then, when we realize millions of men, women, and children are unhappy with their bodies. I, too, am among this majority. To be honest, I’m tired of it. I’m tired of worrying about what to eat, how much to exercise, looking presentable in public, or upholding an image which is not my own.
Thus, Dauntless was born.
Combining this Women’s Studies course with my senior-level Media & Ethics seminar project, I have created this blog as a way to both share my journey towards health at every size, but to start the conversation and raise awareness on our society’s mundane perception of beauty. I only hope, in sharing my research, ideas, and personal experiences, you too may be inspired to begin your own journey towards health, happiness, acceptance, and self-love.
Taking the Pledge
Trust me when I say all bodies are beautiful. Yours, mine, everybody’s. We were not made to constantly fear food, worry about what to wear, or care what others think. We were made to love others as we love ourselves. First, however, we must love ourselves.
Therefore, I pledge to love myself: by taking small steps every day, by listening to my body, and doing what makes me happy. I stand for people of all sizes, shapes, and colors. You are beautiful and you are not alone. Do what makes you happy and live your life, not the life you’re told to live. Dare to be DAUNTLESS.
More about Health at Every Size
“Accepting your body is not just about physicality, it’s about accepting who you are, not continuing to wait until you become the person you imagine being.”
(Linda Bacon, Founder)
Part of the Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH), HAES is an organization founded upon the principles of respect, critical awareness, and compassionate self-care. This all-inclusive, nonviolent movement promotes individual choice and community support for people of all sizes. It encourages people to ditch the diet and listen to their bodies, live well, and love others. To learn more about the HAES approach and take the pledge yourself, visit http://haescommunity.com/.