With there being a lot of talk about the positive body movement documentary, Embrace by Taryn Brumfitt at present, I’m eager to share my thoughts on why I think Embrace the documentary is a must watch.
Last week I took myself along to an evening screening of the body image movement documentary. in fact it was the first time I have ever gone to a movie all by myself. I quite like my own company so I embraced the experience, and I’m so glad I did to absorb the message of the movie.
In an attempted to make a start on this post, I thought I’d refer to the dictionary definition of the word “embrace”. As a result I discovered the Webster Dictionary defines the word EMBRACE as:
- to hold someone in your arms as a way of expressing love or friendship.
- to accept (something or someone) readily or gladly.
- to use (an opportunity) eagerly.
Those definitions really got me thinking!
When was the last time you embraced yourself with kindness and love, free of a “but” or an “if only” or a “wish” to be something else.
Has that time ever existed for YOU?
The Embrace documentary delves into both the internal and external dialogue with women (of all shapes, sizes and ethnicities) about their thoughts and feelings concerning their bodies.
It’s truly heart breaking that these are many of the thoughts and feelings expressed throughout the documentary from all types of women.
The focus and emphasis of the body image movement documentary is on how we as women view ourselves through the filter of media advertising and advertising psychology. For eras we have been fed body image ideals that have had women believe that happiness, love and opportunity could only come to you if the ideal was met.
What the Embrace documentary highlights is that no matter your thoughts regarding the ideal or perfect body or image, it’s an unattainable destination for all us.
Were the women in the documentary highlighted as having the “perfect” body as per advertising and fashion standards. Were they happy?
Short answer is NO, they were miserable or discontent.
It forces us to realise that if we focus all our energies physically and or emotionally on being occupied with an ideal the end result is still likely to be misery and discontentment.
We know that it’s human nature for us to desire acceptance from others. After all we are social creatures that need connection and love to thrive. However when media advertisers play to our fears of not being accepted in various forms, we (women) take our ques from them.
Because if we don’t have what they are telling us we should have, we position them as the authority. Once placed as the authority our minds are like putty to the ideals they project and therefor their products and services. In fact this clip proves my point even more so and is somewhat jaw dropping.
Change Can Happen and is Happening
The key to change is understanding that perfection is an illusion not a destination, and this is why I feel that Embrace is necessary viewing for all.
Embrace shares with us women who have walked the cat walks, worked in the publishing of women’s fashion magazines and photography. They spill their thoughts about how damaging and ridiculous ideal standards are. However Embrace also highlights and shares women who are saying enough is enough, and who are embracing the the wonder and magic of their body.
I have not been immune to feelings of disgust and inadequacies with my body.
I have lived my entire life with body issues and all of which I was born with in some way or another. Some of my issues have had to involve specialised medical attention and treatment.
However over the last ten years I have arrived at a place where I have fully embrace my body, with the biggest awakening to this journey happening through the grief process of losing our twin girls Elle and Meg and having our earthbound children.
I’m currently writing a post about my journey to EMBRACING my body, and although we all have diverse journeys I hope by sharing my story I can help others.
In the meantime I urge you to consider the words you’ve read, the YouTube clips you’ve just watched and to track down a local screening of the Embrace documentary and do yourself a favour and take back control.