Your media choice can influence body inclusivity
Referencing the article:
As the media evolves to be more inclusive and realistic in the representation of human bodies, it is important to recognize the best ways to do so. There are some great tips to keep in mind listed in the article. Even though the media has started to push the body positivity movement, it is also important to draw attention to the the individuals’ stories.
“By incorporating more body diversity into everyday media imagery, we can begin to show a more accurate representation of the modern world and empower the people living in it.”
Traditionally, the media has focused on criticizing female bodies and maintaining the right image for women. But we can’t forget that men also face criticism regarding their bodies. While the body positivity movement has begun and is changing our perception, we have to remember that there is still more to do. Including more men and non-binary identifying people in campaigns is yet another step we need to take in destroying body shaming.
As the media continues to evolve, we need to be aware of the language we use. By insisting that there is a ‘norm,’ we continue to support the problematic idea that certain body types are wrong. Rather than focusing on a size, we should shift the focus to what makes people feel healthy and happy in their lives.
“Media has the ability to help change perceptions around body diversity. Instead of telling people of different body types to “stop caring”, let’s show them that we do.”