One body positivity blogger is getting real about how society has made it “culturally unsafe to be ourselves” and our bodies an “unsafe place to exist.”
Kenzie Brenna, of Toronto, recently took to Instagram to question why some consider it “brave” for her to show lots of skin.
“I love how people see me in full clothes and comment on how ‘skinny’ I look in them in comparison to these types of photos where the comments I get ‘you’re so brave,'” wrote Brenna, known as omgkenzieee on Instagram.
She admits that she is brave, but that bravery requires an act of courage. And courage, she states, isn’t a characteristic we find in ourselves unless we are doing something out of strength, where the odds are stacked against us.
“You don’t tell a Victoria’s Secret model that ‘they’re so brave’ for showing off their body or someone who is sculpted from a type of athleticism,” she stated.
Brenna says that bravery requires an acknowledgment of fear and possibility of loss, where chances of failure are high. In essence, she says, bravery requires an acknowledgment of living less safe than before.
“You don’t say ‘you’re so brave’ when you walk to the corner store at 10 am. Your chances of survival are pretty high, the likelihood of something bad happening are slim to none. You are safe,” she notes.
“You commend firefighters for entering into a burning building and saving innocent lives from burning flames, their strength, courage and bravery are revered.” But, she continues, “I just exist. I don’t do anything technically brave. I just sit here, discuss my insecurities and get better at loving myself. It seems pretty simple right? I guess it’s not.”
“SEE. WE’VE MADE OUR BODIES AN UNSAFE PLACE TO EXIST,” the actress and YouTube star explains, suggesting that culturally, we’ve made it unacceptable to be ourselves. “THAT IS WHY, when I sit crossed legged showing you a body that is underrepresented in our media I get hailed as doing an act of bravery. Because we acknowledge that there may be social failure in this, I may be attacked, I may get hurt JUST BY BEING MYSELF.”
The blogger, who encourages women worldwide to stop feeling ashamed of their bodies and to start loving themselves, concludes that “we need to make it safer for people to exist in their bodies, black, fat, queer, trans, disabled people need to know they have a right to be themselves. … If being yourself, accepting who you are is an act of bravery what kind of world have we created?” she ponders.
The post, shared with her 160,000-plus Instagram followers, received more than 7,000 likes in just a few days, with many supporting the blogger for her bluntness.
“You are literally a major inspiration to me I don’t even know you and you have affected my life,” one user commented. Another stated, “Very intuitive. Wow, thank you for bringing this point and making it beautifully clear.”
And this, from yet one more: “Breathtaking!!! You are a pure natural beautiful soul!!! Keep up the good work girl!!”
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