Kate Winslet on Body Image

I just today came upon this image and wanted to share:

“As a child, I never heard one woman say to me I love my body. Not my mother, my elder sister, my best friend. No one woman has ever said, I am so proud of my body. So I make sure to say it to Mia, because a positive physical outlook has to start at an early age.” ~ Kate Winslet

I love this sentiment. It’s so true. Expect more blogging on this topic to come! Raising a daughter in our society today can be complicated.

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About Libby Anne

Libby Anne grew up in a large evangelical homeschool family highly involved in the Christian Right. College turned her world upside down, and she is today an atheist, a feminist, and a progressive. She blogs about leaving religion, her experience with the Christian Patriarchy and Quiverfull movements, the detrimental effects of the "purity culture," the contradictions of conservative politics, and the importance of feminism.

  • J-Rex

    You know, I finally feel like I’m happy with my body and I’m done with all the body image issues I had when I was younger. The problem is that it’s not at all socially acceptable to be okay with your body because that’s self-absorbed and if you ever let anyone know, that’s bragging.
    It’s like in Mean Girls where the Plastics are looking in the mirror and complaining about all their flaws and then they turn to look at Cady as if self-hatred is a requirement “…I have really bad breath in the morning…?”
    If girls are ever talking about this sort of thing, I always feel obliged to add something like “My hair is so boring,” or “I have man feet,” even though these things don’t bother me anymore.

    • Rosie

      THIS. So much.

  • Christine

    I’m just not sure why I’m supposed to care about how I look in the first place. I’d rather teach my daughter to be proud of stuff (including her body) that matters, and screw everyone who tries to make her care about how she looks. And yes, we’re already practicing that. We make sure to comment on her being strong, and dextrous as well as being determined and considerate and clever.

  • Sophie

    I was incredibly privileged to grow up surrounded by women who were comfortable with their bodies. My dad has a lot of female friends who are all beautiful but also all very different from one another. Some are thin, some more curvy, some very muscular. As a young teenager I was often included in their get togethers, one thing that they did on a monthly basis was a clothes swap. They all brought clothes they no longer wore or impulses buys that hadn’t worked out and there was a communal trying on session and everyone went home with new clothes. Even if at that age I didn’t have the confidence to strip off in front of them, seeing their confidence and hearing them all give each other real genuine compliments did rub off on me.

    This became particularly important to me because I developed Scoliosis (a curved spine) which twisted my rib cage, tilted my pelvis and shortened my torso. So not only did I have to deal with the normal awkwardness of adolescence, my body wasn’t normal. And it was really hard to find clothing to fit, it still is. And then there have been the surgeries that have left significant scarring. The love and support I received from those women, and I still do, helped me (mostly) overcome the issues I have with my body. I can’t say that I don’t have times when I’m self-conscious or unhappy with how I look. But most of the time I look at my body and I see it as a map of the journey I have gone through and I love what I see.