The popularity of side by side photos is rampant on Instagram. Sometimes it is used to show two different poses. One sleek and angled to look thin and one the person is grabbing at their belly rolls and posing an “unflattering” pose. I want to talk about this from a truly fat persons perspective.

Fat women, people of colour, disabled people and minorities are and have been pushed to the outskirts of this movement. As a space becomes more socially popular as body positivity has, that can often mean the voices of the most privileged are promoted, celebrated and once again the “others” have to take a silent seat. While self love, body positivity and diversity is important. A fat person can not manipulate a photo to look “not fat” – I can’t grab and squish my rolls to show I have them. They EXIST EVERY MINUTE IN EVERY POSE.

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The popularity of side by side photos is rampant on Instagram. Sometimes it is used to show two different poses. One sleek and angled to look thin and one the person is grabbing at their belly rolls and posing an "unflattering" pose. I want to talk about this from a truly fat persons perspective. Thinner women exist in this body positive space because yes body positivity is for everyone. Yet fat women, people of colour, disabled people and minorities are then pushed to the outskirts of this movement. As a space becomes more socially popular as body positivity has, unfortunately that can often mean the voices of the most privileged are promoted, celebrated and once again the "others" have to take a silent seat. While self love, body positivity and diversity is important. A fat person can not manipulate a photo to look "not fat" – I can't grab and squish my rolls to show I have them. They EXIST EVERY MINUTE IN EVERY POSE. I can not escape my fatness and society never lets me forget that. If you do not include fat people in your body positivity YOU ARE NOT BODY POSITIVE. If you are talking about fat roles, squish and body fat and you exclude fat people from your conversation YOU ARE NOT BODY POSITIVE. Fat phobia and fat discrimination isn't just a internal issue in all of us but it is a real issue in society. Anyone can hate their own bodies but when your body and fatness is attacked in such a way that is violent, relentless and harmful by the whole of society that needs to be discussed when talking about fat. Fatphobia particularly disproportionately affects women and the ideals surrounding beauty and health. Furthermore when talking about body positivity if you do not acknowledge the hard work women of colour especially fat women of colour have put into this movement, this movement that we now hashtag and watch thinner white models profit off of, then you're doing a disservice to you and the people you reach. As a fat woman seeing people embrace their bodies thrills me but not at the expense of leaving us out of the conversation. I can't escape my rolls, I can't post different angles and I can't escape fat phobia.

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I can not escape my fatness and society never lets me forget that. If you do not include fat people in your body positivity YOU ARE NOT BODY POSITIVE. If you are talking about fat roles, squish and body fat and you exclude fat people from your conversation YOU ARE NOT BODY POSITIVE. Fat phobia and fat discrimination isn’t just a internal issue in all of us but it is a real issue in society. Anyone can hate their own bodies but when your body and fatness is attacked in such a way that is violent, relentless and harmful by the whole of society that needs to be discussed when talking about fat.

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Fatphobia particularly affects the ideals surrounding beauty and health. Furthermore when talking about body positivity if you do not acknowledge the hard work women of colour especially fat women of colour have put into this movement, this movement that we now hashtag and watch thinner white models profit off of, then you’re doing a disservice to you and the people you reach. As a fat woman seeing people embrace their bodies thrills me but not at the expense of leaving us out of the conversation. I can’t escape my rolls, I can’t post different angles and I can’t escape fat phobia.

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