Fat women of color, women with guts, women with flat butts or flat chests, women with double chins — these women are rarely represented by anyone, still.
So, when I came across this piece in XOJane that goes deeper into issues of body image and body acceptance, I felt like I had to share it.
It’s really interesting to see how different experiences work their way into the already complicated mess of determining what is “beautiful” in our backwards-ass culture.
This writer did a cool thing by breaking the dichotomy (woo! fuck dichotomies, man.) that there’s just fat and skinny. Advertisements that sing the song of body acceptance are often only really accepting the most palatable deviations from the ideal.“But fatphobia aside, a certain brand of fatness is having kind of a moment in pop and retail culture, I think. We’re everywhere. Except that we’re not. The slim-faced, small-waist, big-boobed of our kind are everywhere. Women who don’t readily fit our culture’s idea of “healthy” and “beautiful,” like fat women of color, women with guts, women with flat butts or flat chests, women with double chins, women who don’t doll themselves up to the max, women who don’t have long flowing hair—these women are rarely represented by anyone, still.Fat women with Barbie-like waist-to-hip ratios are, perhaps, to mainstream body positivity what super fair-skinned women like Beyoncé or Rihanna may be to mainstream ideas about black women being beautiful — they’re fat, but in the most socially acceptable way possible. They’re women who uphold our existing notions of what’s feminine and sexy while making us feel like super-affirming, progressive people because their hourglass is a size 12 and not a 6.
That’s the sort of thing that keeps our art prisoner within The Great Normative Narratives.;
 I use terms like “The Great White Narrative,” or “The Great Skinny Narrative” to describe how sneaky things like privilege alter our consciousness and alter our art.