Chapter 5: Let's teach women the greatest accomplishment they can achieve in life ISN'T losing weight.
Talking about weight loss: it's a really hard landmine to navigate (more on that later!) Over a year ago, I hadn't seen someone in a long time and at that point I had already lost over a 100lbs. They came to get their giant Emily hug and told me how great I looked. But that was followed with, “You should go and sit and talk with _______. She started a diet and you girls can sit and talk all about it!” Ummmm, that sounds TERRIBLE to me. The assumption that I would get along with a stranger over the shared commonality of hating and controlling our bodies because we are both female is false.
Other women and I have other important things to talk about. Yet women are conditioned to waste so much precious mental energy worrying about their bodies. I can think of a bajillion other things I'd rather discuss. (Is a hotdog a sandwich? If I ever got arrested with no explanation, what would you assume it was for? What superpower would you want? If you were in the witness protection program, what would your name be and where would you go? Are you for or against demanding Pluto be given its planetary designation back? Etc. You know, important stuff.) Let's not reduce women to just a never ending pursuit of the glorification of thinness and then hating themselves for not achieving it (it's so pervasive and we don't even realize it). I know many women (and men) struggle with being in this hamster wheel. Believe me, I get it, and my heart goes out to you. My beef is not with the women and men who do these things or feel this way (I just want to hug them allllllll). My beef is with the systems put in place that keep you in that hamster wheel.
P.S. You can get out.
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