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21 September 2009 @ 03:39 am
As part of my speech for Public Speaking class, I had to choose a manuscript to read from. It was allowed to be anything, and I wanted to choose something that is really important, so I decided to read from a book by Eve Ensler. It was hard to choose which book, but I finally decided on The Good Body.

This is what I read:

I am stepping off the capitalist treadmill. I am going to take a deep breath and find a way to survive not being flat or perfect. I am inviting you to join me, to stop trying to be anything, anyone other than who you are. I was moved by women in Africa who lived close to the earth and didn’t understand what it meant to not love their body. I was lifted by older women in India who celebrated their roundness. I was inspired by Marion Woodman, a great Jungian analyst, who gave me confidence to trust what I know. She has said that “instead of transcending ourselves, we must move into ourselves.” Tell the image makers and magazine sellers and the plastic surgeons that you are not afraid. That what you fear the most is the death of imagination and originality and metaphor and passion. Then be bold and LOVE YOUR BODY. STOP FIXING IT. It was never broken.

Cat said I would look so weird reading that in front of the class, because I'm so thin. She was probably right. I bet it did seem strange. But Eve Ensler, in my opinion, is one of the most important women out there. She's just so freaking amazing. Anyway, I'm hoping that these words meant something to at least one person who listened to me read them.

I'm becoming more interested in feminism, LGBT rights, and general equality and 'loving yourself' kind of stuff every day. I want to be more active in all of those things, to become more comfortable with myself and fight for myself, as well as fight for others and help them. What I really want is to be the next Eve Ensler.

The main point of this post was to share what I read outloud, though, and I hope you guys like it / realize how true it is and decide to run with it!


Kat Collins: *hugs*wtf_mk on September 21st, 2009 04:16 pm (UTC)
I can see where Cat is coming from, but I disagree. To some people, it may have seemed unusual for a thin girl to be reading about body acceptance. However, body acceptance does not have to be a concept exclusively for overweight people. Not only is that unfair, but it's inaccurate to think that only overweight people are at war with their mirrors. EVERY person feels insecurity about him or herself, thin, overweight, tall, short, whatever. The ideal image is so much more than just thin... it's perfection. Skinny girls aren't perfect. Nobody is perfect. And there are so many people who feel their imperfection weighing down on them and don't know how to get out from under it because that Perfect Image is everywhere. It sucks. I'm really really happy that you chose that... that particular topic means a lot to me.
Brittanygirlrunaway on September 23rd, 2009 07:43 pm (UTC)
I agree - it's not fair to assume that thin people or happy or that overweight people aren't. It does suck that the perfect image is everywhere, and that's why it's so important that girls just like us don't try to fit into that idea of what's perfect and instead embrace who we are. It's hard, but we NEED to overcome it rather than conform to it.

You should read that book. I think you'd like the whole thing. What I posted is fantastic and it's just the introduction.

don't call me, don't writewoolengloves on September 24th, 2009 02:06 am (UTC)
that is really, really good (and true)

also, i read in one of your other entries that you were thinking a lot about sexuality! what were you thinking about it? it is very fascinating
Brittanygirlrunaway on September 25th, 2009 04:22 am (UTC)
I've been trying in the last few days to think of what to say... I don't know how I feel, really, so I don't know how to say it. But that's why I wanted to post it, for others' input and stuff, so I should probably just get over it and post about confusion! I'll try to update about it tonight or tomorrow. ♥