Yes, many people, probably most people, say that disliking your body is a normal part of being a woman. If by “normal” they mean that the majority of women, 80-90%, dislike their bodies, then yes, it is “normal.” The vast majority of women in this culture at this time do dislike their bodies.
But to think that this is normal as in natural, as in necessary, as in a normal function of being alive, is ridiculous. This belief is part of the problem. Since it is so ubiquitous, many women have come to accept that it is just part of being a woman. This is ludicrous! It is settling for what happens to be the situation for many, instead of envisioning the possibilities that are available for all. It is accepting mediocrity instead of creating grandeur. It is maintaining the status quo instead of envisioning the truth.
Part of this was quite problematic, but other parts of it were poignant. Worth a look for the good points.
Health is not a moral issue. Health does not look the same from person to person. Health is not a bludgeon to be used against other people so we can stick our nose in their choices.
Health is a wildly personal issue, varying from individual to individual. Health encompasses those with chronic illnesses and those with disabilities and those who are, I don’t know, fucking Olympians. I support and promote Health At Every Size because I want people to take care of themselves in whatever way works for THEM but I cannot support a blanket Pro-Health statement. “Health” as it is used in American culture at the moment excludes mental health from the equation and gives people a license to say things like, “well, you know, they eat every meal at McDonald’s” and then feel morally superior.
I don’t give a fuck if you eat every meal at McDonalds or if you eat an entirely raw organic local diet or anything in between. I don’t give a fuck if you never get off the couch or if you run marathons or anything in between. You are entitled to basic human dignity. You are entitled to people backing the hell up off of your life and not moralizing about what you put in your mouth - whether you are making food choices and movement choices from an actual place of empowered choice or because of food deserts or because of any other damn thing. Rotundlr