Welcome to the third edition of Share it Sunday! Today I’m sharing pieces on how harmful our collective obsession with body fat is, how skewed our cultural concerns are regarding childhood sexual abuse, what it would look like to decide that you are flawless, and an interview with inestimable Angela Davis.
First up, this piece from Jessi Kneeland that identifies the immense harms of our obsession with body fat and provides a route to a better, healthier, more fulfilling life:
Don’t let body fat ruin your day, your week, or your decade. Replace the time and energy you spend thinking about it now with something that feels deeply, powerfully important. That’s your work. Then, help those around you. Don’t allow for observations of bodies, or someone else’s fitness or fatness to be a conversation worth having. Because it’s really not.
I will not provide an excerpt due to the possibility of it triggering readers, but this piece on The Toast by an adult woman who decided to report her childhood molestation is a gut punch and a must read.
What would happen if we stopped viewing ourselves as works in progress? Perhaps some would consider this an aimless existence, because if you’re not constantly working on yourself, then what are you doing with your life? I’m not suggesting we not strive to grow, I’m simply posing the question, what would it feel like to know that you have nothing to “fix” about yourself and instead of spending your life perfecting and working on yourself, you spend your days striving to expand and express your already perfect self more and more fully and deeply every day? I don’t know, but I have a feeling it’s gonna be pretty sweet.
An awesome interview with Angela Davis:
We have laws against hate crimes [now]; I am ambivalent about [them] because oftentimes they end up being used against people who were initially the victims. Anti-lynching legislation is issued more against black kids and so-called gangs. Oftentimes the tools against racism are being used in the service of a kind of structural racism.
And finally a compilation of a bunch of before-and-after celebrity photoshoppings. Even though we know intellectually that the photos we see are doctored I think it’s so important to really see just how thin they make already thin women and how often they lighten the skin and (for lack of a better term) “whiten” the features of women of colour (see Rihanna’s nose).