Recently, as I’ve been scrolling through Instagram, I’ve noticed a few posts that give me mixed feelings. It started with the #loveyourbody hashtag. It made me uncomfortable, and I didn’t know why. Then I saw some of my friends, whom I usually agree with wholeheartedly, sharing images of the body part they love the most.
For some it was their bums, and they took what kids these days call a ‘belfie‘. For others, it was their thighs they loved, or their abs or their arms.
This isn’t unique to my friends. It seems like lots of people on Instagram love their bodies, particularly their bums.
I’m pretty sure some people on Instagram have made a career out of loving their bums.
So why does that make me cringe?
The truth is, lately I’ve become increasingly uncomfortable with some of the rhetoric around body image.
And as a person who has long been passionate about the consequences of body dissatisfaction, I’ve been a little taken aback by my own reaction.
I know why the hashtag #loveyourbody exists. It’s because women are systematically taught to hate their bodies. So shouldn’t loving your body be incomparably empowering?
I started to wonder whether I was simply ‘over’ body image. Had I gotten to the point in my own life where I was starting to become more accepting of myself, just the way I am, and therefore had become slightly put off by the unrelenting conversation about women’s bodies?