While I was scrolling down my timeline the other day I noticed that several of my Facebook “friends” were sharing a photo posted by Tracee Ellis Ross. It was a collage of pictures of her posing for the camera specifically so that her rear-end would be the subject of the photo. The caption read:
“I’m not the type to post booty pics…I love my body but I try not to objectify it! But today I wanna…so I made a damn collage! The pic on the right made me nauseous the first time I saw it. I thought my face looked crazy but the pic is always popping up somewhere so I’m embracing it…crazy eyes, bra bulge and all!!! ” #IWokeUpLikeThis#FeelingFrisky#Freedom2014
I then proceeded to read some of the comments posted by various Facebookers and half of them were either disrespectful or sexually charged and the other half were women actually commending her for “embracing” and “celebrating” her body. The responses I read from many of the women lead me to ask several questions…
Why do women equate celebrating their bodies with dressing provocatively, putting their body parts on display or wearing very little clothing?
Instead of choosing to “celebrate” their bodies by posting pics of breasts, thighs,and rump, why don’t women choose to celebrate their minds by posting pics of themselves engaging in an intellectually stimulating activity like reading a book?
Would it be acceptable for Michele Obama to “celebrate” her curvy body by “boonking” up for the camera? If not, then why?
After pondering these questions, I came to the conclusion that these opportunist women are not celebrating their bodies. They are actually exploiting their bodies in an already hyper-sexualized culture and celebrating the attention they receive by doing so. We women are well aware that we will receive way more attention parading about as a collection of body parts than we will presenting ourselves as intelligent adults.
FACT: Ms. Ross received over 100,000 “likes” for that particular post while her regular (non-booty) posts on average ranged between 2,000 – 10,000 “likes”! #theylovethebootymorethantheyloveher #meatlovers
Many of these women are so concerned with earning the validation of easily impressed individuals that they have no idea how to properly celebrate their bodies.
Caring for your body through diet, exercise, and rest is celebrating your body. Respecting your body by forcing people to focus on your intellect rather than your physical ASSets is celebrating your bodies.
Valuing your body by refraining from giving a public peep show to thirsty men and bottom feeders (pun intended) who have done nothing to deserve it is celebrating your body.
Celebrating one’s body should not manifest into attention whoring, body objectification, or thirst traps. When a women is truly serious about her identity and what she represents, she doesn’t allow clothing (or lack thereof) or mannerisms to distract from that. Don’t believe the hype ladies…true celebration of the body leads others to celebrate your mind.
Who else thinks it’s ridiculous that we are expected to take our clothing off or objectify ourselves in order to prove how much we “embrace” and love our bodies?