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Why it’s different. ⁣

With the recent discussion around “why are thin identifying white women taking up the space of body positivity?” it requires a necessary pause. ⁣

A body like mine comes with personal and an intimate journey of acceptance, ⁣
one that at the end of the day ⁣
and with high rise yoga pants, ⁣
gets tucked away when I need it to.⁣

That is not a privilege that everyone has. ⁣
When their different abilities, skin colour, body size, orientation cannot be simply tucked away. ⁣

There’s a difference. ⁣
And I haven’t spoken about it enough. ⁣
That’s on me. ⁣

Yes, all bodies deserve a voice, and I’m grateful that mine has helped so many of you feel better about yours. ⁣

But many voices of different bodies aren’t being heard because they don’t even fit OUR moulds, our reflections, our experiences. ⁣

We’ve been doing work to stop hating our bodies, acknowledge disordered eating, beginning to feel good about wearing a bikini and showing up in our lives with our postpartum bodies, marks and scars and finding ourselves worthy of love and intimacy. That’s all still valid and real. ⁣

But the work can continue. ⁣
Because while we struggle with self esteem and healing, there are groups of people who’s bodies are being denied human rights. ⁣

I can shop anywhere I want to fit into clothes. ⁣
I can go to the doctor with a sore throat and not be asked to lose weight. ⁣
I can eat a plate of fries without concerned or judging eyes on me. ⁣
I can post images of myself without being told I’m anti-health. ⁣
I don’t need to worry about accessibility. ⁣
I’ve literally never been treated differently or with hate because of my skin colour or orientation.
I don’t have to experience the looks on people’s faces when I walk onto a plane, bus, or shared seating anywhere. ⁣

So while I sit with my yoga pants rolled over my most intimate of scars and insecurities, ⁣
I have to sit and say:⁣
It’s just not the same. ⁣

It’s time to admit that, do the work, and be better. ⁣

Credit to @raffela_mancuso for her work in being a disrupter and conversation starter. Even when it’s uncomfortable.