Why My Eating Habits Are A Feminist Issue

Why My Eating Habits Are A Feminist Issue

Just like every basic female likes to say, I’ve always had trouble with my weight.
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Just like every basic female likes to say, I’ve always had trouble with my weight. My body size ebbs and flows more than the ocean and sometimes I can’t even look myself in the mirror. However, I am the worst dieter in the entire world. I’ll stick to “healthy eating” for one day and work out a ton, but the second I see a cookie platter it’s all over. Food makes me happy, food makes me feel good, and good food is not always the healthiest. Here’s why my eating habits are a feminist issue:

The first time I ever went on a real date, the thirteen year old boy’s father (and our chaperone) asked us what we wanted for dinner from the food truck. The unnamed boy got a “Fat Calf”, which is about as greasy as it sounds, and an orange soda. At that point, it was my turn to order and I was so concerned about seeming fat that I ordered only a water. I was starving the rest of the night, and had the worst time on that date. We went out for almost two years after that, and it took me about a year of that to eat more than a salad in front of him. I covered my mouth when I chewed and wouldn’t even think about speaking, which left an awkward, uncomfortable silence at the table. At the end of the meal, I would always leave just enough food on the table to make it seem like those few leafy greens and grilled chicken truly filled me up, despite my painful stomach craving for the big, greasy burger on his plate.

Now I’ve grown and realized that I can eat whatever I want and whoever I am dating should still love me if I’m scarfing down a philly cheesesteak with a side of fries. I know I’m right about that because the boy I’m dating now does love me despite my messy meals. However, I’m now confronted by dirty side eye and hesitant questions of “are you sure” from the waitress when I go out. Since I stopped judging myself, the rest of the restaurant-going female population has decided to do it for me.

1 in 5 women struggle with an eating disorder. 42% of 1st-3rd grade girls want to be thinner. 80% of 10 year olds believe they are fat. 45% of women are on a diet at any given moment.* 57% of teenage girls engage in unhealthy eating behaviors.**

I used to be one of them. Now that I’m not, I feel pressured to be anorexic, or crash diet, or fast unnecessarily. Girls all over the country, all over the world, are afraid to eat for fear of how others will perceive them. When a girl does exercise healthy eating habits and breaks the trend, she’s told she’s unclassy, unfit, unsophisticated, messy, a slob, and undesirable. When did a woman eating a full, hearty meal become offensive to other women? How did it become acceptable for another woman to judge my eating habits?

If feminists are going to affect any change, we need women to stop competing with each other. We will never be able to fight the man if we are fighting the woman, too. Across the world, women are dieting, fasting, vomiting, and judging other women for not doing the same, all to fit the social construct of beauty that was created by men. Until I can stop looking first at the “skinny” section of the menu as if I’m really going to order that 200 calorie tofu burger, until women can be proud of their bodies, and be proud of each other for feeling that way, 10 year olds will still believe they’re overweight, teenagers will still order only a water, and women will still see, not nutrients, but a number.


*https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/get-facts-...

**http://emilyprogramfoundation.org/our-work/eating-...

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Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

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5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

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13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

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26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

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I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

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No matter what your body looks like, everyone struggles with viewing their body in a positive way. With media and society pressuring women to have the "perfect body," loving your body can be hard.

Here are nine ways you can have a positive relationship with your body and begin love yourself unconditionally.

1. Talk positively 

Talk positively about your body at all times. Then the main source of negativity comes from derogatory terms that society has drilled into our minds since were children. If you change the words you use, it could have a huge impact on how you view yourself. For example, instead of, "this makes me look fat" try, "this isn't the most flattering clothing for my figure." Using words like no flattery or curvy or thin can make you change your perspective on your body.

2. Don't compare yourself to others

Every body is different so try not to compare yourself to others. Although this is still something I struggle with, it always good to remind yourself. The proportion of the human body varies from person to person. Some people have long torsos and some have short, some have long legs and some do not. Some have curvier hips and others have more petite hips.

All are OK.

Just like everyone has different faces, this makes us unique. Imagine how boring life would be if we all looked like the same cookie cutter image. There would be no variety, so no beauty. You have to learn to embrace your body as the unique and diverse thing it is.

3. Show it off

Show off what you love! Everyone had some part of their body that they happen to like more than the others for me it's my waist. When you get dressed in the morning, try to wear something that accents this part of the body. For me, I love to wear high waisted or high rise pants with a blouse that comes in at the waist or is slightly cropped. If you show what you love that can radiate to those around you and give you an extra boost of confidence.

4. Skin care

Take some time to add a skincare routine into your day. This doesn't have to be crazy long, but even putting on moisturizer or lotion can make your skin glow and make you feel more luxurious which can boost confidence.

5. Say goodbye to old clothes 

Get rid of clothes that don't fit. Nothing is more damaging than having an article of clothing that you just stare at waiting for it one day to fit. Filling your closet with items that fit can take less pressure off of getting ready in the morning and make you feel like you have more outfit options. If you are able to pick a flattering outfit, you will be more comfortable and confident throughout the day.

6. Don't look at numbers 

Stop look at numbers. Clothing for women come in many sizes and one size at one place may not be the same as that size at a different store. If you go into a store for a certain size and realize it doesn't fit your confidence can be depleted. Clothing companies get pieces from different manufacturers and that can play a huge role in how sizing is expressed. This makes looking at clothing more stressful. Instead of looking at the number, look at the piece of clothing itself. Usually, you can tell what will fit your body and what won't just by looking at it and feeling the texture. And if the piece of clothing ends up not be the right size, go a little bigger or smaller. You don't have to stick to one number.

7. All bodies are beautiful 

No matter how curvey or thin you are, all bodies are beautiful. They can stretch, get you from one place to another, protect you form danger, they patch up scrapes and even have the ability to grow another human. The human body is extremely extraordinary and if you take pride in the amazing things your body can do, you will love your body.

8. Inner beauty shines

Check your inner beauty. Remember that confidence and looks aren't the only things that make you beautiful. The way you treat people and how you show yourself to the world also has a great part in beauty. If you are kind people will notice. If you help others, you will be noticed. Nothing is more unattractive than a mean and malicious person. If you don't have inner beauty, can you have outer beauty?

9. Relationships are key

Build others up. Nothing changes the way you look at yourself than being around people who you support and who support you. Being around people who constantly tear you down isn't healthy. Society has pressured women to constantly be competing with each other. Instead of bringing each other down women need to build each other up. If we increase the love we have for other women and their bodies, we can begin to love ourselves.

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