Body image discussions and rhetoric can get heavy, and sometimes it feels good to move your thoughts to a slightly less weighty space like Pinterest. But the pendulum can swing too far and you end up with loads of seemingly body positive pins that are actually just fueling the blame game or pitting women against each other. I can say honestly that I have no idea who eden r is or how I connected with her over Pinterest, but she not only pins thoughtful articles, inspiring quotes, and amazing images, she often offers extensive commentary on her body image-related pins. And her commentary is astute, incisive, and thought-provoking. She will pin the same image or graphic as dozens of other folks I follow, but introduce a new perspective or valid criticism when she does. Her feminisms board is where I go when I’m feeling the fire in my belly begin to die down, and I’ve absolutely raided her body board for my own body positive board. She is taking body-positive pinning to a whole new level.
Pinterest can seem mindless and simplistic, which means it can offer a welcome break in our busy, overloaded lives. Sometimes you want to turn your brain off and look at photos of necklaces and layer cakes. But it’s inspiring to find someone who is using this increasingly popular yet generally fluff-heavy medium to communicate important values and encourage introspection. Even if you’re not a Pinterest person, I encourage you to peek at eden r’s boards. She’s clearly a kindred spirit.