TikTok Rant About ‘Body Positivity’ Draws Backlash As Well As Support
What does “body positivity” mean? Does it mean that it’s okay to be overweight? Does it mean that we should accept people no matter how they look? Does it mean that we should celebrate unhealthy habits? Does it mean that we shouldn’t feel bad about body issues that we can’t change?
It’s a complex question, isn’t it? According to Very Well Mind, “Body positivity refers to the assertion that all people deserve to have a positive body image, regardless of how society and popular culture view ideal shape, size, and appearance.”
A TikTok user named Taylor doesn’t entirely agree with the definition above. He posted a TikTok video where he shared what he thinks body positivity means.
First of all, Taylor doesn’t think that body positivity is “a whole bunch of overweight women,” even though he says that’s what you’ll find if you look it up. He shared that it’s really “about things that people couldn’t control.”
What are examples of things people can’t control? Height. Eye color. Skin color. Scars. The list goes on.
Taylor believes that being overweight is something that people can control. He shares that he is overweight but is “working out 4-5 times a week and trying to eat healthy cause I’m not trying to die from a heart attack.”
Watch Taylor explain his controversial view about body positivity below.
@nottator_tot2000##stitch with @lexi.diane go ahead say it’s small ##fyp ##hypocrite ##bodypositivity ##facts ##health♬ original sound – Taylor
TikTok users were pretty split in the comments on Taylor’s video. Some thought he was completely out of line.
One comment reads, “That’s not what body positivity is about. It’s about saying I deserve to be treated kindly and with respect no matter what I look like.”
Another TikTok user wrote, “If you don’t love yourself say that. Don’t try to project your own body issues on the rest of us. We all deserve to love ourselves as we are.”
One TikTok user pointed out that weight is not something that everyone can control. “Ever heard of PCOS and Thyroid problems? I have struggled with weight my whole life. I lost weight by starving myself and exercising myself to death.”
Yet, other TikTok users stood up for Taylor, saying that he was exactly right in his description of what body positivity is and isn’t.
One comment reads, “my man woke up and chose facts.”
Another viewer wrote, “if you’re mad he’s talking about you.”
Many TikTok users also agreed that Taylor was right except for one thing – stretch marks. They pointed out that stretch marks aren’t just caused by being overweight but also from childbirth and growth spurts. One woman who describes herself as underweight wrote, “Don’t get me wrong, you’re correct, but as someone who is underweight, stretch marks are part of body positivity. It happens to a lot of girls.”
Do you think Taylor’s description of body positivity is correct or incorrect?