"I have never really had an issue with bodies, mine or anyone else’s; I grew up without hang ups about nakedness, it was perfectly normal to be unclothed in relatively public spaces such as beaches or back gardens. I have only started wearing bikini tops in the last few years and that is only when I have been asked to, since when has it become less acceptable? Of those women interviewed for the M & Co report 62% would never go topless. I still prefer to be nude in my own garden, sod the neighbours.
At the gym I am happy to chat, gossip and wander the changing room without needing to cover up. I will strip off down to a thong in communal dressing rooms. I have taken my dress off in the street to prance about in my knickers, I had been drinking but it was exuberance not alcohol that led to this performance. I am proud of my body, however we - my body and I - have a relationship thwart with tension. The inner critic that always hollers ‘fat-girl-shaming -slander’ is never far away. I have abused my body with too much exercise, not enough food, and relentless insults, all in an effort to keep it under control. My body has taken all this on the chin and is still there, through pregnancies, births, hysterectomy and general wear-and-tear. With age I have become kinder to myself and my body, more yoga and compassion, less aerobics and punishment." Full article:
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