Henry David Thoreau
To date, there have only been four pictures of me, or rather four pictures that contain parts of my body, on my blog.
Aerial Landscapes of Vibrant Salt Ponds in San Francisco by Cris Benton
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Joshua Tree National Park has some of the most beautiful sunsets, like this one captured by Manish Mamtani. Joshua Tree is also known for its unique rock formations (perfect for climbing) and its Joshua tree forests (rumored to be the inspiration for Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax). Chief ranger Jeff Ohlfs says that Keys View, with its panoramic views of the Coachella Valley, is a must. http://bit.ly/heartjoshuatree
Photo from www.sharetheexperience.org
I saw a post on my dash about skinny people not knowing how good they have it. I wanted to say something, thought better of it, and then went, you know what, no. I am tired of this kind of thing. Enough with the body shaming of every single type. No more. You know we can agree on? People are awful, horrible beings who aren’t satisfied with anything. ANYTHING. Or anyone. Everyone is too much of something. Too large, too small, too average. Enough.
I have weighed roughly the same weight for the past ten years or so when I first started high school. I’m married now and still have the body of a small child. I am very slim. I am also very short. Fun stuff, let me tell you. But you know what I’ve heard my whole life? You’re too skinny. Why don’t you eat more? (side note: I eat plenty. Sometimes more than plenty, sometimes not. Anyway, that’s not important.) Oh, look at you, you’re so thin, must be nice. You know, anorexia is bad for you. Twiggy. Et cetera. And yes, I know larger people have to deal with all sorts of horrible name calling and social stigmas as well. And that is terrible. People are mean and superficial.
But you know what else I’ve had to deal with my whole life? People, including my pediatrician and, when I got older, my other doctors saying things like ‘Just wait until you hit puberty.’ Be careful with what you eat, because it might all catch up with you. When I was your age I had your figure, but then I hit puberty and gained so much weight. Well, puberty finally hit for me, and guess what, I stayed skinny. And also stayed short, but that’s a rant for another time. Then I heard things like ‘oh, just wait until you get to college, then you’ll pack on that weight.’ Freshman 15 or whatever nonsense. And what do you know, I went off to college and didn’t gain any weight. I even went to grad school and didn’t gain any pounds. (I actually lost a bit of weight in grad school because I couldn’t afford tuition, utilities, and eating more than one meal a day.)
And you know what I heard from some medical professionals the other day when I was just making small talk? ‘Just wait until you have kids, then you’ll gain some weight.’ ‘I used to be so thin, and then I had my three kids and now I’m on the heavy side.’ Oh boy! That’s just the kind of thing I want to hear. So, basically, my whole life I’ve had people trying to scare/warn me about the imminent danger of becoming fat. Why? Why is this a thing society does? It makes no sense.
And I want to point out that this isn’t just an issue with girls. Boys have to deal with being ‘husky’ children and then losing ‘baby fat.’ And let’s not even bring sports into this, because the food and body stigmas involved with that are a tragedy in themselves.
So many mixed messages about body image. You should be thin, because being heavy is wrong and evil, oh no, we can’t have that. You’re too thin, it’s unhealthy, you should eat more and treat yourself, you deserve it. Actually, just kidding, you are attractive to potential sexual partners when you’ve got a bigger body. Even though you’re so skinny, you probably think you’re fat, don’t you, that’s so sad for you. It goes on and on.
You know what I’m getting from all of this? No one is happy with anything. I’m all about trying to get people who have long been victims of body shaming to feel better about themselves by being told that, you know what, there isn’t anything bad about your shape and size after all. Cool. But how about this: how about we stop with the whole being dissatisfied with any body type?
It’s okay to be on the heavy side, it’s okay to be outright chubby, it’s okay to be skinny, it’s okay to be not really one or the other. We all have it rough. Finding clothes that fit is just stupidly difficult regardless of body shape and size. Why is there a distinct lack of extra smalls, extra larges, and why is there no consistency in any of these sizes? And what does ‘medium’ even mean?
In conclusion: society is terrible and for whatever Brave New World reasoning, The Man wants us all to be unhappy with ourselves so that we may spend money to fix ourselves into an ideal image of perfection that does not exist. Can we stop hating ourselves and resenting others for their physical appearance now please?
I found this while i was making collages with old magazines :D
Just saw the NASA post about social media credentials to cover the launch from Wallops Island in a couple weeks. But the deadline to apply is today and there’s no way I’m making it in time. Awwwwwwww.