I was talking to my brother about women’s attitudes towards their bodies, especially regarding weight/fat, and when he said “most guys don’t notice/care about that kind of thing,” I tried to explain why it was a lot more complicated than that. I ended up telling this story.
Body image is something that’s so hard to talk about, and it’s hard to express body positivity without sounding cheesy, false, or overly simplistic. But I’m gonna try. This is only my own experience, and it didn’t magically cure me of all my body image issues - but it was a major turning point for me nonetheless.
"I would NEVER have guessed you had anxiety and depression issues ! You’re always so confident and everything !”
"Oh, you can’t possible be shy! You’re so outgoing and chatty!"
AND I HAVE A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN AFTERWARDS EVERY TIME I DO TALK TO ANYONE IT’S REALLY HARD BEING THIS PERKY WHEN ALL YOU WANT TO DO IT BEDCAVE LIKE A MOTHERFUCKER 24/7 OKAY