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"The joys of (being an SSBBW) is we are more down to earth and more understanding. We know how it is to be avoided and we try not to avoid people because of that and I think we are more beautiful than the skinny women." ~ MeLissa [SSBBW]


Self Acceptance and Society/Fat Acceptance

Self acceptance is loving and appreciating yourself even if there are things you'd eventually like to change. Fat acceptance or society acceptance is getting society as a whole to accept that we have the same rights as everyone else and to reduce prejudice within the community.
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Self-acceptance means unconditional appreciation and support for who you are now, including all the elements that you want to change.

Things you can do every day to boost your body image:

Spring makes me feel alive and gives me hope. Seeing the flowers pop up from ground that was frozen and covered in feet of snow for months; seeing the buds on trees that have been stripped bare and lain dormant for months in blistering cold and winds; hearing the birds singing as they arrive back from the south and begin making new nests I feel myself begin to bud as well. Live doesn't seem so bleak in the spring. There is an air of excitement of what is to come.

Take some time and enjoy the spring sounds and scents. Take a deep breath and relax and look forward to the future. Be positive and rise up from the bleakness with a song in your heart, just like spring.

Size Shame

"Ugh, be careful if you go in that new store at the mall", my co-worker laments. "Their sizing is different from what we're used to and instead of a six, I had to get this skirt in a ten!" She then goes on to tell me that she cut the tags out as soon as she got home so she wouldn't have to see the size. Clearly, this tactic hadn't also cut the tag from her memory.

The truth is, the sizes that my co-worker was referring to as "what we're used to", don't widely exist outside of the United States. It's a marketing tactic called Vanity Sizing. In markets without standardized sizing, such as the U.S., clothing marketers play to the psyche of women who want to see a smaller number printed in their trousers. Considering the size conscious nature of modern society, it's no wonder this tactic has worked to the favor of the clothiers.

The question we should all be asking is why is it acceptable to allow a number printed on a tag dictate how we are supposed to feel? My co-worker didn't get larger by putting on the skirt with the larger size label. She was the same size walking out of the store as when she walked in. It's psychological conditioning that strong women need to be able to stand up to. Even if it is subconscious, shoppers experience positive psychological reactions when purchasing a smaller size. This is a reaction encouraged by marketers and driven by societal reaction.

Women of all shapes and sizes should stand up against size shame. Something as trivial as a printed number should not have any impression on a woman's feelings about herself. They are, after all, just numbers. Regardless of if the clothes tags say 8, 18, or 28, they shouldn't have hold on self esteem. If you're healthy and happy then you wear the only size that matters, size perfect.

"He who is born a fool is never cured."
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~Robert Flatt

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