There’s been a lot of criticism of women’s bodies leading up to the Olympics in London this year; obviously, we’re not big fans. But what do you think that these media blunders can teach us?
Honestly? That the media is full of crap. That the media is heavily invested in making us feel like we’re not good enough the way we are, because when we feel like we’re not good enough we’ll buy whatever it is they tell us will make us more desirable. We can enjoy the media coverage while still staying aware that it’s primary purpose is to sell us stuff. When we’re able to think critically about what we see and hear in the media with that reality in mind, we can protect ourselves from a lot of the negative messages about our worth that are so skillfully woven into the narrative.
What else should people keep in mind as they watch the Olympics?
All bodies are good bodies! Every single athlete that made it to the Olympics has a body that is just right for them. It’s so interesting to see the ways that different sports shape the body, and the lesson we can take home is that the habits and behaviors we maintain, day in and day out, are what will shape our bodies. When we make and maintain healthy habits, they will produce a healthy body. Stressing out about little ‘slip-ups’, ‘cheats’ or bad days is counterproductive. Your day to day habits are far more powerful than any one ‘mistake’. So make good habits and keep moving forward, just like Olympians do.