Marianne, I follow a lot of your stuff and I’ve read your book, but I don’t think I understand why the “love your body” rhetoric is problematic. If you have the time and inclination, could you please elaborate?
I definitely can!
There’s a lot of…
If you love your body, you’re more inclined to demand that others respect it and you.
Also, this argument presupposes there is only one kind of love—that of rainbows and kittens and paths without rocks. Love isn’t easy. It’s hard. It’s a million little choices you make every day. It also isn’t simplistic or one dimensional. I love my family but sometimes hate what they do. Ditto to my body.
Loving your body doesn’t mean “hey, this is what you got, accept it and shut up.” It can mean “do what you need so that you can love your body.”
To say that one cannot struggle with their body or identity and also love themselves skeeves ME out.