I blame Anne and her post here for this post. A previous post of hers about being a role model for her students in regards to body image make me think. I agree that as a young, female teacher that is a good role to play. I thought about the the ways I am a role model for my students and called it good. I liked the challenge. And I tried the challenge, but when it got hard I decided to stop. I didn't show that I valued it.
Today I decided I need to post. I got to thinking about my body image. I'm pretty much in the same place as Anne. I don't have body image issues. But I don't always love my body. As I was thinking through it, I started to wonder about the "love your body" mantra that is supposed to help girls feel beautiful no matter what our bodies look like. And I started to wonder if it helps promote a positive body image, or if rather it creates more negative body image for girls who don't love their bodies.
Isn't accepting what is better than trying to sugar-coat? Is stating the truth better than saying everything is perfect no matter what? I find the most rewarding conversations about weight to be ones that are based in honesty and fact rather than acting like things are great when they are not.
I had one of those conversations at lunch today. I walked away feeling supported and connected to those who were involved.
What do you think? Do you think promoting "love your body" is valuable for building body image? What makes you feel the most positive about your body? Or at least the most OK about your body?