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Lizzo: Physique Positivity Has Been ‘Co-Opted’ And It is Not Serving to Fats Folks

Fact hurts, however Lizzo goes to inform hers nonetheless.

The “Good as Hell” singer lately responded to a TikTok consumer who lamented, “I actually don’t perceive why I can’t simply exist in my physique!”


Please use the physique optimistic motion to empower your self. However we have to defend and uplift the our bodies it was created for and by.

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In her video, Lizzo responded to the consumer by saying: “As a result of now that physique positivity has been co-opted by all our bodies, and individuals are lastly celebrating medium and small women and individuals who sometimes get rolls, fats individuals are nonetheless getting the brief finish of this motion.” 

The 32-year-old additionally introduced up the motion’s roots, explaining that “large ladies, large brown and Black ladies, queer ladies” created physique positivity, however they “usually are not benefiting from the mainstream success of it.”

“We’re nonetheless getting shit on, we’re nonetheless getting talked about, memed, shamed and nobody cares anymore as a result of it’s like, ‘Physique positivity is for everyone,’” Lizzo mentioned.

“Our our bodies are none of your fucking enterprise,” she added. “Our well being is none of your fucking enterprise. All we ask is that you simply maintain that very same vitality with these medium women that you simply reward. Preserve the identical fucking vitality.”

Within the caption of her video, Lizzo elaborated on her message: “Please use the physique optimistic motion to empower your self. However we have to defend and uplift the our bodies it was created for and by.”

Physique positivity has been commodified by capitalism, and is usually utilized by social influencers, celebrities and types as a time period that’s synonymous with self-love.

And though it is crucial for all ladies to like and settle for their our bodies because of a society that tends to base one’s worthiness on typical magnificence, that’s not what the preliminary time period was meant to characterize.

The time period “physique positivity” started as a grassroots social justice motion within the 1960s created by and for fats Black, brown, disabled and queer individuals with our bodies that aren’t thought-about conservatively enticing by mainstream society, per a latest function on the subject in Refinery 29.

Bitch Media’s Evette Dionne additionally explored the subject in a chunk titled “The Fragility of Physique Positivity: How a Radical Motion Misplaced Its Method.” 

Within the piece, she particulars precisely how the physique optimistic motion has remoted the ladies who began it. 

“The body-positive media economic system facilities these affirming, empowering, let-me-pinch-a-fat-roll-to-show-how-much-I-love-myself tales whereas failing to really problem establishments to cease discriminating in opposition to fats individuals,” Dionne writes, noting most of these tales are about skinny, white, cisgender, heterosexual ladies “who’ve co-opted the motion to construct their manufacturers.”

“On social media, it truly will get worse for fats our bodies: We’re not simply being erased from physique positivity, fats ladies are being actively vilified,” Dionne continued. “Well being has turn into the persist with which to beat fats individuals with [sic], and the benchmark for whether or not physique positivity ought to embody somebody.”