Last night’s mammoth discussion on Hack about of all things related to self-image – including eating disorders, fitspo, steroids, selfies and surgery – apparently couldn’t fit into the televised special’s measly time slot. It makes sense too, when you consider the nigh-universal nature of humanity’s uneasy relationship with our mobile flesh-prisons.
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Thus, in an effort to continue the seriously important dialogue, tonight’s regular ol’ radio edition of the program re-featured Nakkiah Lui and Dr. Ross Walker. Both were present on the panel yesterday, but tonight’s showing gave them a chance to dig deeper on some of the issues presented.
In particular, Lui took issue with the consistently massive amount of self-love demonstrated by the one, the only, Kurt Coleman. She said that while it’s obviously a good thing to appreciate yo’self, it all felt “a bit shallow.”
“It went a bit unexamined, and it was all through the paradigm of Kurt’s self. So I do wonder how useful that is when we have to exist in a society with each other… for me, maybe it was a little bit selfish, at times.”
“But he’s also had work. And he gets paid to sell that message so it’s a message that he’s commodifying… see, for me, that’s an issue.”
“One size does not fit all, and this is I think what upset a lot of people about Ashy’s post… I think there’s a hypocrisy to Ashy Bines judging Tess Holliday’s post when she does promote an image of ‘one size fits all’. That she is the image of ‘fitspiration.’“She was being a hypocrite, I’m going to say it. I think that’s the crux of the issue.”