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Hi.

Welcome to my blog. I talk about body positivity, style, inspiration, social justice, and whatever the hell else is on my mind.

Instagram Trolls Try to Shame the Body Positive Movement Without Success

I'm quite active on Instagram, and I love that we can use it as a tool for body positive activism.  Women donning crop tops and fatkinis make me feel warm and fuzzy inside.  They are freeing themselves from our diet culture and thin-centric society by being bold and unabashed about their rolls, stretchmarks and cellulite!  I use emoticons and encouraging words to support them on their journeys toward self-love. 


And on occasion, I  post selfies in solidarity. 

Today I posted this picture of myself with the hashtag #bellyrealness created by Michelle of  Zaftig Times. 



And most of the comments were uplifting and full of love. But, the Instagram trolls always seem to  try and shame us out of our self-acceptance.  Below are some examples of the comments I've received.


 

So, how do we stay positive when folks like these want to shut us down?  You post this instead:




When I first starting getting these kinds of comments, I was so upset. I couldn't understand why anyone would want to be so hurtful.  But I realized it's not about me.  It's about them. It's about the self-hate they haven't dealt with. It's about having too much free time on their hands. It's about hiding behind the veil of Instagram so they don't have to actually dialogue with anyone. More often than not, I now have compassion for these broken souls. Most of them have only a handful of followers (who are equally lost) and I always report and block them because I don't tolerate hate.

And then, I move on to bigger and better things. Pun intended.

In solidarity,
Pia

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