|Lady Gaga poses for “Body Revolution.”|
Lady Gaga’s movement is a forum on Lady Gaga’s webpage meant
to promote body acceptance. People post photos and stories about their
struggles to adopt a positive body image, be they due to eating disorders,
illnesses, disabilities, or whatever reason. Clicking away I travelled
from one article about Lady Gaga to another. Miraculously, my psyche
remained undamaged despite the fact that Lady Gaga is 26 years old just like me
and like Kiera Knightley (also my age), she has accumulated heaps more fame and
success than me and my sad blog and self-help book.
In case you forgot, the moral of the heartbreaking I-wish-I-was-kiera-knightley story was:
We all have high vaginas. Me, you, Kiera, Knightley, Lady Gaga. Everybody.
Here’ s my High Vagina. Again.
|Me and my High Vagina at the Boatman's mother's cottage|
Then I came across a British reality television show called
“Supersize vs Superskinny.” The whole thing’s on Youtube.
As the title suggests, the show profiles a “diet swap” between one morbidly obese person and a waif-like, usually eating disordered person. For five days, the large person will eat the emaciated person’s measly diet, while the poor person who’s used to eating nothing has to stuff his or her face with the multi-caloried mountains of food that the big eater consumes every day.
|This guy would need an enormous ambulance to move him which must make him feel terrible.|
Now it’s time to go teach a core strength yoga class. Let’s hope that my students work very hard, igniting the fire deep within their lower stomach so that I may vicariously burn away this spiral of shame.
|Me being skinny in India. Kerala, 2016.|
India is the best diet. Or the worst.
Exuberant Bodhisattva on Facebook
I Let Go, self-help book by Erica J. Schmidt
Tell Me I'm Fat, by This American Life
Are you strong or are you skinny?
Day 69 of Not Puking in Your Mouth
The Benefits of an Ashtanga Yoga Practice, Part Two