"If you talked to your friends the way you talk to your body, you'd have no friends left"- Martha Hutchinson
I love Pinterest. I mean who doesn't? Pinterest is filled with amazing recipes (some of which I've tried, many of which I want someone else to make for me), cool crafts (some of which I've tried, many of which I want someone else to make for me), and amazing styles (Pinterest is one of the main reasons I decided to create a daily blog). But Pinterest is also filled with something much more sinister. Something that gets pinned more than recipes, crafts, and styles. Some people think it's innocuous. Some think it's inspirational. A very small section think it's disturbing and dangerous.
Thinspo. You've seen it. Even if you didn't realize what is was called. Images of skinny girls and "inspirational" sayings like, "Nothing tastes as good as thin feels." That's thinspo. And while you may find it inspirational, like a modern version of taping a swimsuit picture to your refrigerator, often times these photos link back to pro-anorexia websites. I'm not knocking skinny people- I used to be one. In fact, if I could just get my motivation back in the right place, I could probably be that way again. But I'm also not going to hate my body or myself for being what it is.
See that quote at the beginning of the blog? Think about it. Read it again. Replace the word "friends" with the word "mother."
"If you talked to your mother the way you talk to your body, you'd have no mother left."
Replace "mother" with "daughter."
"If you talked to your daughter the way you talk to your body, you'd have no daughter left."
We would NEVER allow someone to verbally abuse us the way we abuse ourselves every time we eat too much or step on the scale or button a pair of pants. We would never judge our daughters based on what size dress they wear or their BMI. We would never call her fat or disgusting. We would never starve her. We would never hate her.
So do me a favor. Stop pinning self-hate and calling it inspiration. And love yourself. All of yourself.