Modern Feminist Thought Spiral
- •"Ugh. I'm so fat. I hate my body."
- •"Wait. No I don't. I only think I hate my body because of society's impossible beauty standards. If I could detach my self-image from my cultural upbringing, I would love this body."
- •"It's a perfectly fine body. I don't actually hate it. I need to rise above and love myself."
- •"But the thing is, I can't detach my self-image from my cultural upbringing and I feel really fat and gross today. Trying to deny that is just me silencing my own feelings and that's not good either."
- •"Yeah! That's NOT good either. I might not want to hate my body and I might know, intellectually, what the root of the problem is, but does that invalidate my FEELINGS?"
- •"Fuck no it doesn't. In fact, I'm not even sure I hate my body because of beauty standards at all. Maybe I would feel bad about my body today no matter what society had spent years telling me."
- •"So actually, when you really think about it, I want to be thinner for ME, and I shouldn't feel bad about the body I happen to want just because I'm a feminist and I want to be okay with myself however I am any given day. I'm allowed to strive for something God damn it."
- •"Yeah. So...I'll start going to the gym more and I'll eat better and be healthier because there's nothing wrong with being HEALTHIER."
- •"But I really like Doritos...and pizza...and if I'm being true to the truest me, I like those things more than I hate my body this morning."
- •"Great. Now I feel guilty for contemplating a diet for 15 seconds. Can everyone tell I'm such a bad feminist?"
- •"This is exhausting. I will never do this again. My body IS fine the way it is. I'm too old for these meltdowns. Etc etc etc"