Started by Simonorged, January 23, 2013, 11:38:01 am
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Quote from: Bella on June 12, 2013, 12:02:39 pmI agree with Kari; people should be able to do with their bodies as they see fit without others passing judgement on them. I mean, if it's a case of disordered eating (which is a psychological issue), they should be encouraged to seek medical help or at least some sort of support system (as should people with any other sort of psychological illness), but the majority of people who are over- or underweight due to eating habits, genetic predisposition or environmental factors should be left alone. I'm pro-body-positivity mostly because I dislike current standards of beauty (not because they're "wrong", beauty being in the eye of the beholder and all that, but because they're near-ubiquitous and present almost-impossible standards for people to live up to), discrimination against people who fall outside of the narrowly-defined spectrum of pretty/handsome (aka lookism), as well as harassment and stereotypes against people who *are* conventionally-attractive (for instance, the assumption that all good-looking women are dumb, easy, or fair game for objectification or sexual harassment), and the assumption that certain diseases go hand-in-hand with certain body types without exception or that you can't be fit if you're overweight. All these cases present dangerous over-simplifications: That's there's only one way to be beautiful or handsome, that you can tell what a person is like based on the appearance of their body, that people who are under or overweight can't be healthy, fit or athletic (which also makes the reverse assumption: that people who are at an "ideal" weight must be healthier, fitter or more active than their fat peers).