Your Body

Your body doesn’t read Vogue. Your body doesn’t watch the Victoria’s Secret runway show. Your body doesn’t know what a size 8 is.

Your body doesn’t know that it’s main function, according to you, is to look attractive. Your body doesn’t know that you consider it ugly, unsatisfactory, gross.

Your body doesn’t know that you’re ashamed of it, that you don’t want it to take up so much space. Your body doesn’t adhere to social or cultural standards – heck, it doesn’t even know what they are!

Your body doesn’t know that it exists in a society where being “hot” is considered the most important goal in life. Your body doesn’t know that it will be objectified, denigrated, cheapened.

Your body doesn’t know that it will likely become a physical token, a measure of success. Your body doesn’t know that you don’t want it to change, to grow, to develop, even if that’s what needs to be done for you to be truly healthy.

Your body doesn’t know that it’s size will be used to measure your worth.

Your body doesn’t know that you’ll never be happy with it, no matter how much it changes for you.

Your body doesn’t know.

Your body does know, however, what it needs to do to keep you alive… and I don’t mean just alive in the sense of “existing”, but truly living.

Your body does know what shape/weight/height it should be when it’s functioning at it’s best. And it has nothing to do with what society says is attractive.

Your body knows that your value is not found in the volume of your lips or the circumference of your waist or the size of your breasts. Why do you think it fights so hard to keep you the way it knows you should be? Why do you think it fights so hard to keep you functioning as it should, even when you starve it or stuff it or poke it prod it or over-fatigue it with exercise?

Your body knows that it is not a project to be continuously worked on. Your body knows that it will always be in a constant state of flux and change. Learn to recognise and accept this.

Your body knows that it was not created to be pretty. Don’t demean it in that way. Don’t simplify your body to be a mere object of attractiveness. Your body knows that it does not owe attractiveness or skinniness or muscularity to anyone, not to your boyfriend, your friends, your family, your partner. Your body knows. Do you?

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