Jessamyn Stanley wants everyone to know that the body positive movement has room for improvement.

By Faith Brar
Updated: December 09, 2016

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.

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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