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This Yogi is Baring it All For a Very Empowering Reason (NSFW)

Self-described "fat femme" Jessamyn Stanley is poignantly calling out the body-positive movement for not staying true to its message. "I have a big problem with the conversation about body positivity on social media," the 28-year-old plus-size yogi wrote on Instagram. "From where I'm sitting, the conversation has become very diluted and saccharine sweet."

She hopes to draw attention to the problem by posing for an empowering nude calendar by The Adpositivity Project. To Stanley, the body-positive movement is "limited by an obsession with receiving positive affirmations via physical appearance," she told Revelist.

 

Can I tell you a secret? I have a big problem with the conversation about body positivity on social media. From where I'm sitting, the conversation has become very diluted and saccharine sweet- it's devolved into a mess of brands claiming to be "body positive" by appropriating the stories + bodies of visible fat people; cis femmes with low self-esteem who allow their 'likes' and 'followers' to take the place of self-love; and various other people who are uninterested in the actual message of body positivity and want to use the force of the movement as a mechanism for making money and gaining prestige. This should serve as a shock to no one. And, fuck it- I'm a huge part of the problem. And as a result, I have internal conflict. My response is to heave a sigh and take a step back. Way back. Thank god for yoga, honestly. It might sound like bullshit, but my yoga practice is essentially the only way I'm able to stomach any of this nonsense. It helps me remember that there are good things that come along with the body positivity movement gaining momentum- frankly, who would've dreamed that so many clothing brands and media outlets would actually try to step up their game so quickly? But it also helps me see the bullshit- and bullshit stinks, no matter how you try to cover it up. If you find this offensive, forgive me- sometimes you've gotta call a spade it's name. Throwback to that time Substantia Jones convinced me to work on my #kapotasana game while wearing nothing but my birthday suit. Instagram has already removed this photo once tonight, but I'm in the mood to troll soooo. Photo by Substantia Jones for Adipositivity.

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She explains how the movement has "devolved into a mess of brands claiming to be 'body positive' by appropriating the stories + bodies of visible fat people; cis femmes with low self-esteem who allow their 'likes' and 'followers' to take the place of self-love."

On top of that, she feels like these brands don't actually care about body-positivity at all, but just view it as an opportunity to capitalize. And for the most part, she is right. (Read: This woman who proved that body-positive advertising isn't always what it seems)

"It's really simple for the theme of body positivity to be co-opted by people who don't actually care about the movement's large-scale goals, like eliminating schoolyard- and cyber-bullying, etc.," she says.

"I think the most worthwhile thing 'body positive' people can do is to step back and evaluate the energy they're putting into the movement. Is it worthwhile? Or is it a thinly veiled attempt at garnering attention?"

At the end of the day, Stanley has proved time and time again that no matter what your body-type, you can do anything—from practicing yoga to running a marathon—you aren't and shouldn't be limited. It's good to be reminded that that's what the body-positive movement is really about.

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