December 17th, 2005
I am so excited to have found this community.
I've had an eating disorder for more than a year and I am really working hard and doing well in recovery! This community seems SO positive and uplifting. My name is Amanda, I'm 16, and slowly getting to a healthy weight! I found this community while browsing a search for feminism intrests. When I saw the BUSST acronym, I was ecstatic! Finally, women who don't talk about dieting and hating their bodies and all that negativity! I just want to cheer for this community.
PS~ Does anyone have any really inspiring, love-your-body-because-it's-amazing quotes? I'm making an anti-eating disorders collage, with the negative, anorexic, hateful side on the left and the awesome, love-your-body, healthy side on the right. I'm SO excited!
Firstly, your username is an affirmation unto itself. I love it. Personally, I'm all about the standby stuff, like "I'm beautiful, damnit!" and such, though I also like "Apparently, Jennifer Aniston knows she's too skinny." Really. I read that in some interview, and it made my day to see in print that someone of that stature wants to fill herself out.
Yes!! Thanks about the username. It's actually part of a Stevie Nicks song called Rock A Little, which I highly recommend, by the way. Lol. AND I KNOW! I'M BEAUTIFUL DAMMIT!! I love saying that. : )
wOOt wOOt! rock on!
I'm Sabina, I'm 17 and I was also very happy to find this community when I joined about seven or eight months ago. I think it's awesome that you're recovering and trying to get back up to healthy weight. I haven't had an eating disorder but, like most womyn, I have had body image issues and I have suffered through wishing I looked different from how I do. Can't say I'm completely cured of it but this community has helped me bunches.
Your collage sounds really cool. I once did somehting similar- except it was a surrealist painting with a womyn split down the middle, with the left side being what society pressures her to be (pin-up, shallow, dumb, dyed blond) and the right side full of all sorts of symbols of the power and potential of her spirit. I don't know any quotes offhand but if I think of one I will post it.
That's so cool that we had the same basic idea!
Here's a rather nice quote someone spotted and posted up on a different community, (Original post here.
)The article talked about women living a traditional tribal lifestyle in Africa. These women look at their bodies differently; "My body is where I live, it does my work for me". One woman says "Look at the trees; they are all different and all beautiful; no-one compares them to each other to see which is most beautiful. I am a tree, you are a tree, we're all trees. We have to love our trees."
I'm an artist, and as such, find all healthy bodies beautiful and interesting, (healthy being from fit and slender to fit and fat, young or old.) The media sometimes seems to try and persuade us that there is only one body type that can be attractive. This is utter bollocks in the real world, I look around and see people of all shapes and sizes, all loved and all beautiful, as the quote says... like trees.
It would be such a dull world if everyone looked the same.
Good luck on your recovery and learning to love your body, in all it's uniqueness. I think the years around age 16 can be some of the toughest you can have, it does get better. I was a stick when I was 16, I'm much more shapely now and love my bod more as I get older. It's all about self-confidence, and that's something that grows with time. It's a cliche when people say that beauty and attractiveness are more than outside appearance, but it happens to be true.
Thank you so much for that! That's truly wonderful, to think of women who still love their bodies and aren't touched by negative media images. And thank you very much for your kind words. I saw my psychiatrist today, and she says she'll try to start weaning me off my Prozac in March. Progress!