Body Positivity And Self-Confidence As A Plus-Size Woman
I think the reason that I so frequently get asked about my confidence level is because there is some deep prejudice ingrained in most people’s psyche that says that plus-size women aren’t confident, that we don’t love our bodies, and that we seek constant validation.
All of those things are categorically untrue.
Plus-size women don’t suffer from a lack of confidence or a lack of anything else. Plus-size women are not depressed nor do we need extra love or validation. I am not inferior because I’m fat nor do I interpret “fat” as a bad, negative, or forbidden word. It’s a descriptive word and it happens to be an accurate description of my body-type.
I believe that if I’m truly going to practice body positivity and radical self-love then I need to be honest with myself and appreciative of myself. The people, who tell me that my body-type is inferior, have no idea what my body can do.
My thighs have cellulite, that is true, but they are strong and they take me places. My upper arms are flabby, but they can comfort my loved ones and wrap around my friends in bone-crushing hugs. My stomach is pudgy, but it makes a great pillow and looks just fine in a crop top anyway. My body is not inferior because it is fat and I am not a crazy, confident anomaly for appreciating it.