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By Ruchika Verma
- Body positivity is a beautiful and very empowering concept
- However, it is slowly becoming constantly flawed because of stereotyping and shaming
- Body positivity is a two-way street where we don’t need to tear down one body type to make the other feel better
Body Positivity is a beautiful concept. It encourages one to feel confident in their own skin. It is all about celebrating ourselves and our body. Body positivity is all about loving and accepting our bodies as they are, ignoring whatever standards society tries to dump upon us.
But are we really going that way?
One may think, yes. The world is definitely becoming more accepting of all body types and skin colours, but at what cost? Most of the body positivity movements that public is aware of are the people who are on the ‘healthier side’ of the body-size spectrum. ‘Fat’ has almost become an insult. But what about the ‘Thin’?
Be it Nicki Minaj, Meghan Trainor, or any other mainstream artist who people like to listen to, they all have just one thing to tell – Big butts are in and ‘skinny bitches’ may go out.
Where does that leave the body positive movements? Isn’t it highly ironical that we put down one body type in order to empower the another?
Appreciating one body type is good, amazing even, but when one body type is getting empowered while putting the other down; that’s when we need to think about the hypocrisy that we indulge in.
Blaming skinny people for the fate of chubby people is not only irrational but also extremely ridiculous. There is no denying in the fact that thin people have the benefit of being perceived as more healthy and beautiful by the society throughout the years, but we need to understand that it is not the case anymore.
Plus-size individuals do need more encouragement and empowerment for all the stigma they have attached to themselves but doing it at the cost of self-esteem of other body types is certainly not the way to go.
To remove the stigma from one body type, do we really need to attach it to another body type?
If fat-shaming is brutally hurtful, the skinny-shaming hurts no less. We are disillusioned to a point where obesity has become a major concern whereas half the population is clueless about disorders like Anorexia.
Body positivity is slowly becoming a highly confounded concept where asking someone to lose weight is seen more as an insult than a health concern. And then the hypocrisy of the fact that asking someone to lose weight is insulting, whereas asking someone to eat more is not.
Curves are beautiful but that doesn’t mean skinny arms aren’t. The hypocrisy with which everyone sees body positivity needs to change. Also, we need to understand that body positivity is not gender specific.
If insulting a girl for her body is not fair, then insulting a boy for the same is just as unfair. Shaming a guy for being too thin while appreciating a girl of the same is where we are going wrong with body positivity as well as equality.
Body positivity needs to be a two-way road. It is all about empowerment. However, the concept is getting lost and is becoming muddy water for many to understand.
The size of shirt or dress you wear doesn’t matter more than your own health. Eating what you like and when you like is absolutely okay as long as you’re healthy. Body positivity is all about embracing our bodies and being healthy. We don’t need to tear other body types down in order to feel good about ourselves.
Not all chubby people are cute and not all skinny people are attitude-ridden lads. It is high time we gave up stereotypes and learn to co-exist with others as well as ourselves.
Our body is much more than what exterior form, it is the home to our essence and being. It needs to be loved, admired, and most importantly accepted as it is. If we are to change anything in our body, it should be because we want to and not because we need to under the pressure of the society.
Society and media have made our bodies a taboo, but we need to rise above all the stereotyping and shaming. Body positivity is not just about physical health but also mental, psychological and spiritual health. Our bodies are our own and only thing which matters is its health along with our own.
Some women say they experienced period changes after getting a Covid-19 vaccination. While the reported changes are short-lived, research into this possible adverse reaction remains critical to the success of the vaccination programme, according to an editorial published in The BMJ.
"A link between menstrual changes after Covid-19 vaccination is plausible and should be investigated," wrote Dr Victoria Male, a reproductive specialist at Imperial College London, in the editorial. Reports of menstrual changes after Covid-19 vaccination have been made for both mRNA and adenovirus-vectored vaccines, she added, suggesting that, if there is a connection, it is likely to be a result of the immune response to vaccination, rather than to a specific vaccine component, she said.
While changes to periods or unexpected vaginal bleeding are not listed as common side effects of Covid-19 vaccination, more than 30,000 such reports have been made to the UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) surveillance scheme for adverse drug reactions till September 2. However, most people find that their period returns to normal the following cycleand, importantly, there is no evidence that Covid-19 vaccination adversely affects fertility, Male said.
Most people find that their period returns to normal the following cycleand, importantly, there is no evidence that Covid-19 vaccination adversely affects fertility, Male said. | Photo by Hakan Nural on Unsplash
The MHRA states that its surveillance data does not support a link between changes to menstrual periods and Covid-19 vaccines, since the number of reports is low in relation to both the number of people vaccinated and the prevalence of menstrual disorders generally. However, the way in which data is collected makes firm conclusions difficult, Male noted.
She argued that approaches better equipped to compare rates of menstrual changes in vaccinated versus unvaccinated populations are needed, and pointed to the study that the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has undertaken. Indeed, the menstrual cycle may be affected by the body's immune response to the virus itself, with one study showing menstrual disruption in around a quarter of women infected with SARS-CoV2.
If a link between vaccination and menstrual changes is confirmed, this will allow individuals seeking vaccination to plan in advance for potentially altered cycles, Male contended. In the meantime, clinicians must encourage their patients to report any changes to periods or unexpected vaginal bleeding after vaccination. And anyone reporting a change in periods persisting over a number of cycles, or new vaginal bleeding after the menopause, should be managed according to the usual clinical guidelines for these conditions, she suggested. (IANS/MBI)
Keywords: vaccine, menstrual cycle, period, covid, women, health
A garage sale in the 21st century needs a tech-savvy platform. This is where Poshmark comes into the picture, the platform with a community of over 2.5 million Canadians has products listed with over half a billion dollars in value by their users.
It began expanding outside of the United States in Canada in May 2019 and has now launched in India. So its become simple and easy for anyone to sell items from their closet, enabled by a full suite of end-to-end seller tools and services, including seamless listing, merchandising, promotion, pricing, and shipping. Indian consumers will be able to join Social marketplace Poshmark, Inc. (Nasdaq: POSH), a booming community of more than 80 million users and a vibrant network of millions of shoppable closets to make money, save money, connect with others, and foster entrepreneurship.
The platforms scalable model and infrastructure enables continued expansion to new countries and categories in the future. | Photo by Duy Hoang on Unsplash
"As an Indian who grew up exploring the marketplaces of Old Delhi, I know firsthand how important it is to come together and connect as part of the shopping experience. I am confident that our social marketplace will resonate with Indian consumers and allow us to build a thriving and successful community here." The platform's scalable model and infrastructure enables continued expansion to new countries and categories in the future. (IANS/ MBI)
(Article originally written by: N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe)
Keywords: Clothes, garage, Poshmark, India, Old Delhi, social marketplace
Great historic events that have shaped the world and changed the outlines of countries are often not recorded in memory, or so we think. Wars made sure to destroy evidence and heritage, and the ones who survived told the tale of what really happened. Folklore, albeit through oral tradition kept alive many such stories, hidden in verse, limericks, and rhymes.
Ringa-ringa-roses, a common playtime rhyme among children across the world, is an example of folklore that has survived for many centuries. It tells the story of the The Great Plague of London which ravaged the city between 1665-1666.
The Plague broke out from improper disposal of garbage and poor sewage conditions. Fleas from the rats that lived in the sewers spread the disease that killed more than half of London's population. Many people fled from their homes as there was no medicine available for those who were infected.
Beak-shaped masks worn during the Great Plague of London Image source: wikimedia commons
It was around this time that masks began to be invented. The first masks were shaped like beaks, and were worn not to protect the wearer from the disease, but to the prevent them from being able to smell the decay and death around them, which they called 'miasma'. The beaks were filled with floral herbs that allowed doctors and nurses to tend to the sick without being reviled from the smell.
Children are often seen forming circles by holding hands and reciting loudly,
Pockets full of posies
We all fall down"
An illustration of the Great Plague of London, 1665 Image source: wikimedia commons
When the last line is sung, they break the circle and fall down. The roses and posies are believed to be the preferred fragrances inside the masks, and a single sneeze (a-tishoo) was enough to infect the one who was exposed to the disease. Consequently, they fell down, ill, and later died.
An alternative version of this rhyme is sung about the fall of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the aftermath of World War II. The roses and posies are interchanged with geranium and uranium, to symbolise what was used in the atomic bomb. But this version is not as famous the original.
Keywords: Rhymes, Ringa-ringa-roses, Great Plague of London, WWII, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Folklore