It seems like the body acceptance movement is just about everywhere these days (heck, it even has its own hashtag). For many of us, we most frequently engage with the concept on Instagram, where a variety of advocates and supporters share what body acceptance means to them.
Social media can be a huge source of inspiration, but it’s not the only way to educate yourself and become involved. If you want to go a little deeper, here are three ways you can learn more about body acceptance, body justice, and how to be a helpful ally.
Take the Ophelia’s Place Education + Empowerment Certificate Program. This is a completely digital course, which means you can enroll from anywhere in the world. In the course, you’ll read literature from trailblazers and key players in the movement. You’ll graduate with the skills to think deeper on issues surrounding body respect, wellness, inclusivity, eating disorders, and more.
One of the program graduates says, “This program has pushed me to not only continue living a life of recovery, but more importantly bring it to the community that I live in. To be outspoken, to be an advocate, to be the voice that says things beyond the ‘norm’. It has been invigorating and career changing.”
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Think Outside Your Experience. The body acceptance movement starts at home, in our own bodies. It has to. We must first explore the relationships we have with our own bodies before we look outward. But that second stage is critical. We all bring unique perspectives, challenges, and insights to this movement, and we MUST listen to others when they share their experience and tell their stories. Connecting with Sonya Renee Taylor and Virgie Tovar on social media are great places to start — they share their stories, and create space for others to do the same.
Speak About Your Own Body with Kindness. It may seem like a radical concept, but how we speak about ourselves affects others deeply. We don’t just harm ourselves with negative self-talk — it reverberates out into the world. Think about it: By shaming the way your belly looks, you are also subtly shaming everyone else whose belly looks like yours. Oof. Not how we want to be treating ourselves, or each other. A shift toward gentler, more accepting language will help us all heal.