Have you read the NY Times article “Smash the Wellness Industry“?
I’ve seen it on my Facebook newsfeed a dozen times or so the last couple days and it got me fired up! The FB comments from women saying:
- “Hell yeah!”
- “Why don’t men obsess about their bodies?” (newsflash, they do too!)
- ” Why do thin girls post on IG about their flaws when they are the only ones that see them”
ALL the comments come from a place of wanting to get rid of the eternal quest for a thinner, fitter, more perfect body. All the comments come from a place of wanting to support the article and it’s base message. Which is very positive! BUT it can also perpetuate but they say they want to get rid of. (stop the madness!)
I believe it is a great article, not a new concept or opinion but one that should be continued to be repeated. When I reflect on this after reading it (multiple times) it needs to start with US. I loved the near to last paragraph where it states: “Women, can two or more of us get together without mentioning our bodies and diets?” It needs to start with us. A) Stop being so damn hard on yourself and B) STOP being so damn hard and judgemental of OTHER women! Seriously. The criticism of someone being too large, too thin, not muscular enough, too muscular…..drives me insane! Stop scrolling through Instagram and giving your valuable head and heart space to them. If you see something you believe in and resonates with you, then great! If you find you start criticizing and judging, move on, unfollow, delete etc But each of us is just as guilty as the “patriarchal” society mentioned in the article, and in my opinion, more so. As we sit here and fight against it with words and wishes, we are the ones fanning the flames.