Already Prettypoll: Body Positive Art and Media

I try to keep my mind as open as possible, see things from as many vantage points as I can, and constantly absorb new information about what body positivity means to various people. But I’m still just me, limited by my perspective and privilege, geography and upbringing, limited views and limited understanding. So instead of creating a list of my own, I want to turn this one over to you all. Directly:

What do you consider to be body positive movies? Television shows? Songs or musicians? How about books or magazines? Visual art or visual artists? Plays or poetry? Please share any of your favorite body positive art and media in the comments.

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8 Responses to “Already Prettypoll: Body Positive Art and Media”

  1. Anamarie

    Wow, this is a hard question to answer! The only movie that comes to mind is “Real Women Have Curves” with America Ferrera. There is a scene in which several characters are sewing in a hot warehouse, and America’s character takes off her clothes to cool off. The older women are mortified and try to shame her, but she won’t listen. Some of the other women take off their clothes, too, and show off their “imperfections.”

    • Veronica

      This was my first thought too! Great scene. đŸ™‚

  2. Catherine Harper

    “Orange is the New Black” is an awesome example of a female ensemble cast in all sizes, shapes, colors, and sexual orientations. This season has an episode about a bedbug infestation, and a lot of the inmates walk around in their underwear. And I love the video for “All About that Bass” by Meghan Trainor.

    • claira

      I actually have issues with All About That Bass; it still puts pleasing/acceptance by men (or what men would like) right up there with what women should care about (“all the boys chase” – “boys like a little more booty to hold at night”) and it still pits one type of body against another. The video isn’t nice either.

      • Catherine Harper

        Aww, I love the video! It’s so much fun and the dancers featured aren’t typical model-size. I think it’s a good song with a good message aimed at young girls and young women. Yes, it does reference what men would like, but I think it reframes the conversation by putting the female singer in charge. So many songs by men talk about women’s bodies, and this is Megan Trainor singing about accepting herself.

    • Monica H

      I agree with you about “Orange is the New Black.” Not only does it feature a truly diverse cast, it also manages to avoid the stereotyping of many of them. It does not just have the one fat nerdy technologist. It has real diversity.

  3. JB

    For movies, I would go with “Calendar Girls,” and (for men) “The Full Monty.” For novels, I would recommend ‘The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty” by Amanda Filipacchi – not exactly body positive, per se, but it definitely questions some of our assumptions about beauty and how that relates to love and happiness.

  4. Monica H

    Oh, and how can I forget Mary Lambert? Many of her songs are body positive , but “Body Love” is very explicitly about loving yourself.

    Also, the song “Video” by India.Arie.