My Body Stories
Feelings of Lightness and Possibility
I've been overweight since I was around 9, and had been obese (thanks, depression/alcohol abuse!) since I was at least 23, but despite being bullied about being The Fat Weird Kid, it's never bothered me much. I think on some level, I'd maybe gained weight intentionally, as a way to armour myself, to have a convenient excuse for not participating in stuff. My body was always sort of an afterthought at the best of times, and a minor inconvenience at the worst.
I Have Stopped Listening
I have struggled with my weight since I was a little girl. I started gaining weight rapidly when I was 10, now 14 years later I'm still gaining weight. After medical conditions, I have decided that once and for all I'm going to do something about my weight. A lot of people always say to me that I'm fat, ugly and some times even useless, BUT I've stopped listening to what they say. The only person who can judge me is myself.
New User Friendly Responsive Design!
MyBodyGallery.com Launches User-Friendly Responsive Design
Community Members Can Now Browse and Upload Images Easily on Mobile Devices
Body-positivity website MyBodyGallery.com has launched a new responsive-design version of our website for our mobile-device users. Community members, especially those with smart phones, can now more easily browse and contribute their pictures to our gallery of images that enable people to see what they really look like, rather than a view distorted by unhealthy messages from advertising and the media. Nearly 30,000 images have been uploaded since the site launched in 2010. Our community of almost 62,000 registered users can now more conveniently review inspirational images and add to our ever-growing collection of diverse pictures.
Obesity Shaming Disguised as Activism
I was dismayed this morning when I logged into the MyBodyGallery.com administrator dashboard to complete our regular rounds of image approvals/rejections, which includes images flagged by community members as inappropriate or otherwise problematic.
An act of shameful internet “activism” had happened overnight—40 of our community members’ images had been flagged as inappropriate. Every one had been identically reported because, according to the “activist”, each image “promotes morbid obesity”. While we at MyBodyGallery.com appreciate and respect social activism (including creative internet-based forms), this type of shaming goes against everything we are working for: that ALL bodies of ALL weights can be represented in a positive manner, without shame and with transparency.