What is body neutrality, the new body positive?

Qu'est-ce que le body neutrality, le nouveau body positive ?

What is body positivism?

The "body neutrality" movement has appeared for some time on social networks, including Instagram. It appeared following the " body positive

However, the "body positive" movement appeared much earlier. Created in 1996 by two women, its goal was to be a "caring and inclusive" movement.

Indeed, Connie Sobczak wished, through this movement, to fight against the diktats of appearance, which made her suffer from eating disorders and which cost the life of her sister.

Alongside Elizabeth Scott, a psychotherapist specializing in eating disorders, they created the "body positivism" movement, thinking of it as a community that frees itself from stifling social messages to finally accept its body.

Today, this movement has grown enormously in our societies and reflects a desire to regain control of our bodies. To accept them in their diversity and above all without the need to hierarchize them, no matter the color of one's skin, one's age, one's weight, one's gender... The important thing is to accept and love oneself as one is, by seeing the beauty in all bodies.

Body positivism, an additional pressure, an additional standard?

Nevertheless, many people have seen in the "body positivism" a pressure to love one's body at all costs. We have seen hundreds of publications on social networks showing people who finally assume their body, who show themselves, without any embarrassment, and who shout it loud and clear. However, in real life, assuming oneself can take a lot of time, even a lot of time, and it is sometimes even inaccessible for some people. The pressure is therefore double because one should not try to resemble what is socially accepted but to assume oneself. But trying to assume oneself is not enough either, one must also assume oneself immediately. Moreover, the body positivism was perceived as a pretext to assume its curves, while encouraging to lose weight and to build muscles. That is to say that it is a movement that refuses the models of the magazines, which advocate the forms, but it is not necessary either to exceed a certain weight. The body positivism creates a new standard, a little wider, but which does not include and still does not represent all women. Being too thin becomes what you should not be, but being too fat is not recommended either. Moreover, the body positivism movement has often been relayed by women who did not exceed a size 40, but excluded all the people who exceeded this standard. Finally, this movement raised a last remark: it was the fruit of the work of fat women, to finally be taken over by brands and some influencers to make money and be fashionable. All these criticisms have led to the "body neutrality" movement, which seems to be for many women a lighter weight to carry.

The body neutrality, a movement that wants to replace the body positivism

This movement, which derives from a not so recent term, has made news following an article by journalist Marisa Meltzer in an edition of New York Magazine this year.

It seems to be a middle ground between body dissatisfaction and complete self-acceptance. The idea is rather to dare to speak or even show your complexes while assuming the fact that it is difficult to accept yourself completely.

That is to say that the people who share this movement put forward the fact that they have the will to achieve self-acceptance, even if the road is long, and that they encourage everyone to do the same, without pressure, without self-judgment, by going at their own pace. The "body neutrality" movement is also an incentive to break the incessant relationship we have with our own image. The idea is to focus on one's global well-being, one's successes, one's emotions, rather than one's physical appearance, and not to force oneself to accept oneself, but to accept the dissatisfactions that one still feels towards oneself. That is to say, realize that we will never be entirely satisfied with our body and that it is ok.

The insta accounts that advocate body neutrality:

  • @asos_lotte

  • @kassibacquet

  • @loftnq

  • @mybetterself and her #OnVeutDuVrai

  • @francescaperks

  • @ariellanyssa

  • @stephanieyeboah

  • @i_weigh

  • @laurooraquotes

  • @morgane.adt

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