This young poet has an epic response to all the people who body shame women
Broad shoulders and love handles? Don't worry, each part of you is beautiful.
Women have always been taught to look a certain way, dress a certain way, and behave a certain way. And when they refuse to conform to the standards of beauty created by the society, they get shamed for it.
It's mortifying when media houses Photoshop models to show their version of the word 'beautiful' to the world. And whether we want to admit it or not, we often diss people ourselves--by commenting on how they have gained weight or have become too skinny.
If you have ever been plagued by the burden of body shaming and the society's obsession with how your body should look, then this slam poet has all the answers you've been looking for. The video, which is a part of the campaign called Love Beyond Sizes, has been posted by a group of students from Indraprastha College for Women, Delhi University.
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While targeting the perpetrators of body shaming, the video talks about how one needs to indulge in self-love rather than criticizing their own bodies. The poet in the video shares her amusement regarding how women are scrutinized everyday for looking the way they look. Be it for having broad shoulders or for being not curvy enough, women are continuously conditioned to never accept themselves.
The poem points out how issues of not conforming to society's concept of perfection has haunted men and women alike. The poet then says that she accepts all bodies because the flab, the bones, and all the "imperfections" are an essential part of one's body and personality. Just because the society terms something as an imperfection doesn't mean it actually is.
What we need to realize is that the society plays on our insecurities and uses them against us. Our inner insecurities of not fitting into the society's standard of 'proper' size eat up our self-confidence, making us disappointed with ourselves. Something that should never happen.
You can watch the full performance here.