I’ve been a part of the Size Acceptance and Fat Acceptance movements for quite a while and, on the whole, I believe in what they’re meant to accomplish. However, Fat Acceptance only seems to accept “good” fat…you know the fat people who are healthy and the fat people who are trying to be less fat. It treats people who want to gain weight/fat as outcasts and criminals. Size Acceptance, on the other hand, tends to be an either/or thing. If you’re for thin bodies, you put down fat ones. If you’re for fat bodies, you put down thin ones. Think of that whole “real women have….” meme.
So, I think I’m done with both labels. The messages are good, but get muddied. From now on, I’m all about Body Acceptance. Full Stop. Every body is a good body. No matter the size, shape, color, texture, or number of appendages, your body is a good body. If you accept it and love it, it will give you great joy. Also accept that bodies not like yours are capable of giving their owners just as much joy.
ALL BODIES ARE GOOD BODIES.