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Master of Science (MS)
Communication Studies and Philosophy
The Body Positivity movement is well-known for advocating for the acceptance of all body types—including size, shape, color, and ability. Images online in support of the movement often showcase stretch marks, cellulite, and other “unattractive” bodily features to protest against the thin-ideal and strict standards of beauty placed upon women. Despite the goal to inspire self-love and celebration of all bodies, the hashtag #BodyPositivity has been taken-over by white, female influencers who have the idolized, female body. They contradict the original message of the movement through their posts on Instagram that centralize white feminine features and thin, Eurocentric bodies. This is the Body Positivity myth, a combination of the beauty myth and political myth, that holds women back from being able to progress through society successfully.
Lasike, Sydney Berenyi, "#BodyPositivity or #BodyPolitics?: A Rhetorical Analysis of the Body Positivity Myth Formed by Narratives of Political Myth" (2023). All Graduate Theses and Dissertations, Spring 1920 to Summer 2023. 8806.
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