It’s no secret that society has been a little behind on the times with the body positive movement, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that there are many subtle ways society shames your body, even when you’re not expecting it. Maybe it’s just the season, but it seems that right now, the body-shame shade is especially prevalent. Everywhere I turn, there seems to be a magazine cover featuring a bikini-clad model (usually thin and white), tips on sticking to your gym resolutions, and the best way to get your body in shape for spring break. Sometimes, it takes me a minute to remember that all bodies are bikini bodies, because society has this sneaky way of shaming my subconscious when I don’t even realize it.
Between the “helpful” magazine covers, the Red Carpet interviews surrounding stars’ stay-thin secrets, and the obsession with new year, new diets, how are you supposed to combat this unsuspecting body-shaming from society? The first step is opening your eyes and being aware. By paying attention to society’s subtle body-shaming, you can better prepare yourself to fight back against it. So let’s sally forth together, gals, and help each other through the subtle shaming, one step at a time.