So, I’m not really sure how to start off this new series of mine. I’ve collected a few links to share today–different stories about different bodies that I think can all be in dialogue with the vegan body. I came up with the idea for this series this morning, after reading this article yesterday. The labels and standards and that damn beauty myth that the fashion industry and media are constantly perpetuating definitely makes me want to scream regularly. I too, like Myla Dalbesio, am a size 10. Well, 10-12 really it depends on the cut just like with everything. (Even shoes, thanks for fetishizing tiny feet, world.)
I’ve written about bodies, specifically my own vegan body, here on the blog a few times. (I’m primarily thinking of my “Not Skinny,” also published via Vegan Bloggers Unite that is still to this day one of the pieces I’m most proud of writing, and a “Debunking Vegan Stereotypes” posts I did way back in Veganland’s infancy. Also, my identity post and all of my tattoo posts are totally body relevant.) Like a lot of my posts, the ideas for this one have been rolling around in my head for several years and just haven’t found a way to knit themselves together yet. But suddenly this morning, thanks to Myla, here it is:
THE (VEGAN) BODY!
My own vegan body, pre work out. It was cardio day!
With this new occasional series (I’m hoping to make it like my “Through the Looking Glass” posts–kind of a some what stable addition to the blog that pops up from time to time) I’m looking to share really anything and everything that I think we as socially and health conscious folks (Yes, I’m assuming, Dear Reader, that if you’re here you’re at least interested in these issues to some extent) we can apply this world view and lens to a lot of different topics that pertain to our bodies, whether they’re 100% vegan, vegan tending, occasional vegan, or just health and food loving/aware and/or conscious.
So, there’s my somewhat incoherent-stream-of-consciousness-my-brain-is fried-from-academia rant that I hope will in some ways inform or at least set out what I’d like to do here. And now… for some links!
I’m choosing to focus on 2 women in the media for this first installment, since one article was the impetus for me to put my thoughts into this series and I feel that the second article goes right along with it.
The body of insanity.
A bit on the Myla Dalbesio piece–I’m so so SO glad to see a major fashion label like Calvin Klein pick up a more normal bodied model like Myla. But, it still feeds into THIS stereotype. The only type of “plus” we’re used to seeing is Marilyn Monroe. The perfect, still fairly svelt hourglass. Myla’s beautiful (let’s be honest a bit of a crush here) but the fact that we even have to get excited about or that there needs to be a reaffirming article about a more normal bodied and sized woman getting signed to Calvin Klein is indicative of a wider problem.
To sum it up, I give you my brief blurb from when I shared the article via Facebook:
And via a text to a friend earlier:
And while we’re on the topic of women’s bodies in the media, let’s talk about Anne Hathaway’s recent public return to an omnivorous rather than vegan diet. A lot of people in the vegan community are engaging Anne’s shift as another high profile example of the ex-vegan phenomenon (which by the way FASCINATES me! And I LOVE how Sayward is approaching it in her work). While part of me agrees with this approach and is a little disappointed, I’d like to say that what Anne eats is 100% her choice. Perhaps more importantly, it’s honestly pretty upsetting that we’re choosing to criticize something she has every right to do as agent over HER OWN BODY. I personally think it’s unfortunate to lose an advocate for veganism. As someone who’s wholeheartedly devoted to both the ethical and health concerns of a vegan lifestyle, hate to see someone not be able to continue living and eating in this way that’s given me (and so many other vegans that I know) so much. Again, the public scrutinization placed on the (ex vegan) body is perhaps doing more harm than good.
I’m hoping for some feedback from all of you as well–if you see an article, photo, sign, billboard, tweet, instagram post, have a thought, the cat looks like an odalisque, please, SHARE IT! Just go up to the “Contact” tab at the top of the page (or click that nice link I just embedded for you) and let me know! Email would work best but feel free to reach out to me here via the comments section or via social media as well. Don’t forget to tell me how YOU think your item relates to the (vegan) body.
Stay tuned for my upcoming review on Traditional Medicinals revamped Women’s Wellness teas! Coming Soon!