‘Since my sociological imagination and feminist radar first went on high alert, many other yoga practitioners have asked critical questions about the objectification and sexualization of women to sell yoga products, standard advertising themes when it comes to the representation of girls and women. Those critical questions have not always been met with critical and constructive dialogue. In fact, the responses were often hostile and defensive. Personally, I was disheartened by a “conscious” community that frequently speaks out against animal cruelty, genetically modified food and environmental issues that didn’t feel equally compelled to address the exploitation of women and their bodies.’
I found this wonderful article that speaks volumes on women’s relationship with their bodies. It’s also heaps more eloquent that I could ever express my thoughts on the topic.
Thanks to Sarah Ogden (whom I don’t know personally) from Everyday Feminism. Here’s an excerpt:
“Being a kind-of-curvy lady poses some challenges at the gym, where is where I do most of my exercising. Most people assume that I’m there for the sole purpose of losing weight and would never consider that I might be there to take care of my body…
…The assumption that someone with curves would only exercise to lose weight is really harmful and hurtful. It completely negates what we already know – that self care is a vital piece of survival and that bullying people into weight loss doesn’t work.
Study after study has shown that there are more effective ways to measure health than to just focus on someone’s weight and/or BMI. And yet, when we talk about health, we usually discuss it in terms of these numbers. But really, health and being healthy means so much more. We need to move the conversation around exercise away from weight loss and shift the focus onto health and wellness.”
Spot. Frigging. On.