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Not dieting is a radical stance. It astounds me that such a seemingly benign decision -- choosing to eat what you want, in the amount that you want, when you want, with attunement-- can feel so disruptive, but that's the reality, isn't it?
A question that frequently comes up: What will others think? How will this impact my dating life? My marriage? My friendships? My relationship with my mother? My father's feelings towards me? My other partnerships? I don't have all the answers; hell, I hardly have any.
But what I will say is that I ultimately chose my choice for myself -- not for other people. And embracing the paradigm (or a more radical paradigm) is about distancing ourselves from mainstream and conventional concerns, actively criticizing the culture, and learning what it means to take rightful ownership of our bodies.
Choosing to be anti-diet -- and yes, it is a daily practice and commitment -- is, for me, about embodying my values. It's not about whether diets "work" or not. Being anti-diet is actually not about whether diets work -- it's about human rights.
It's not about being trendy or following a fad for profit.
It's not about the cost of alleged superfoods (do they come with a cape?)
It's about dedicating my life to understanding and unlearning oppression and body-based harm + terrorism. It's about intersectional feminism. It's about advancing the rights of all people, and lending important consideration to issues easily dismissible due to my privilege. It's about wanting to know what it might feel like to fearlessly belong to myself -- and myself alone. Regardless of what comes from that. What do you think?
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