Online body shaming trends are harmful to the self-confidence of the generation that is already low on self-esteem, that has exhibited the highest rates of suicidal tendencies and has shown early signs of depression and other mental health problems. But millennials it seems feed on these crazy trends and challenge themselves to a point that their desperate pleas for attention are reduced to a sad dirge. When they (Read: women) push themselves to fit the perfect hourglass shape that has been encouraged by society, media, et al — more often than not they are literally and figuratively ‘reducing themselves’ fit the image deemed acceptable.
We are the world that loves body shaming or anything to do with mocking someone for their appearances. Whether it was the thigh gap challenge or the belly button challenge, the blue whale challenge, whether it was women going nude for a cause — Instagram has had its share of crazy in the past few months. Enter the ‘hip dip’ trend which has women talking about the innocuous dip between their hips and thighs.
Unlike the majority of the challenges that emphasize on the objectification of a certain body part, or worse a certain gender altogether, this new challenge focuses on negative body image. The trend encourages them to talk about ways to get rid of the feminine curve that has been deemed “Undesirable No. 1” by the internet.
What we can’t have is women promoting a jeans-type or life-hacks that help them to zero-in the natural dip of their hips.
Take these posts for instance where women are using an A4 sheet to hide their supposedly unflattering curves
Fortunately, to break through the clutter of the unrealistic trend and promote a body positive image one such instagrammer Francesca Burt decided to helm a protest
In her Instagram post, Francesca wrote:
I’ve never ever posted anything about this before but I think it’s important. the #bodypostive movement is very close to my heart as both a (very much) recovered anorexia sufferer and someone growing up in a society where social media (and it’s unrealistic expectations) is so powerful. I am a confident and very very happy human being but body hang ups of course still exist (e.g. my dislike of having little scoops on my hips instead of a perfect hourglass shape). But instead of hiding my insecurities, I’ve learnt it’s important to embrace and accept, so here is my contribution to body positivity and a mini celebration of #hipdips and #recovery because nothing beats being healthy.
Other people followed suit:
Freeda who wrote: “The hips of women are not drawn with a compass. W your curves, w the hip dips!”
Or like this instagrammer, Mira Hirsch, who wrote: “Our natural forms should be embraced not looked down upon.”
One Instagrammer Faymeredith pointed out:
Sometimes we zero in on the smallest details about our bodies. Like when I was putting on this bodysuit, I honed in on the fact that my body did not look like a flawless hourglass (shocking that we don’t look exactly like factory-made items ain’t it?)
And this Instagram account Neonmoonco just gave us more inspiration to love our body the way it is:
“September often feels like a new start. A chance to be the person you want to be, to show yourself love. We hope you babes stay FIERCE and show the world the strong woman you are.”
The body positive movement, especially on social media, has been really helpful as it has inspired countless women to embrace their body types and has helped to create a healthy dialogue which normalizes all shapes and sizes. So far more than 1,200 people have celebrated their body diversity using the #hipdips hashtag.
This one post kind of shuts the argument up real nice
To cut the point short: THIS SH*T DOESN’T MATTER.
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