TFFs Picks: 10 Body-Positive Videos and Books

Updated: Feb 9, 2020

For days when you find it particularly challenging to love and embrace your body, these 10 videos and books will remind you that your imperfections are worth celebrating.

1. "Body Love" by Mary Lambert

"You are worth more than who you attract,

You are worth more than a waistline,

You are worth more than beer bottles displayed like drunken artifacts,

You are worth more than any naked body could proclaim in the shadows,

More than a man's whim or your father's mistake,

You are no less valuable as a size 16, than a size 4,

You are no less valuable as a 32A than a 36C,

Your sexiness is defined by concentric circles within your wood,

It is wisdom—

You are a goddamn tree stump with leaves sprouting out,

Reborn." —Mary Lambert

2. Our Bodies Are Not an Image by Mary Jelkovsky

"In this moment, I also realized that my body image struggle's robbed me of so many of life's beautiful experiences... So the next time you don't feel so good about yourself... remember to pause, breathe, and let yourself feel the love. Because in doing so, you will turn those lowest moments into your greatest strength." —Mary Jelkovsky

3. Lili Reinhart at the 2018 Glamour Women's Summit

"Why do I feel like I need to apologize to the world for my ever-changing self? ...You can be naturally beautiful with acne or scars, cellulite or curves. So let's celebrate each other and ourselves as we are, as we will be, and as we were meant to be—unique, imperfect, beautiful, and so incredibly powerful." —Lili Reinhart

4. When Your Filipino Family Calls You Fat by Sam East

"I know that it's so ingrained in Filipino culture to make comments about someone's weight, but sometimes you don't know how it makes that person feel. It doesn't feel good!" —Sam East

5. Mataba by Cool Cat Ash

"Kahit anong hugis, lahat tayo ay maganda!" —Cool Cat Ash

6. Hunger by Roxane Gay

"I rage at the world that hates me for my body and how it is so markedly visible and the same world that forces too many girls and women to try their best to disappear" —Roxane Gay

Hunger encompasses the rage within us all in a society where a woman's body is expected to not be her own. Discover the journey towards acceptance of the past and the courage to move forward with the self-proclaimed

7. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

"She looked like art, and art wasn't supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something" —Park

This is one of the few books that are easy to read because, as Park said, it makes you feel something. It takes you back to a time of innocent and young love, where what makes you different—hair color, culture, or body size—is a bullet used for bullying. But it could also bring you closer to a person you didn't know you could treasure so much.


8. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

"it is okay to sell what's between a woman's legs more than it is okay to mention its inner workings

the recreational use of this body is seen as beautiful while its nature is seen as ugly" —Rupi Kaur

Source: Amazon

9. The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf

" A culture fixated on female thinness is not an obsession about female beauty, but an obsession about female obedience. Dieting is the most potent political sedative in women’s history; a quietly mad population is a tractable one. " —Naomi Wolf

This book has always been on top of J's wishlist for quite some time. It's interesting how beauty (or society's perception of beauty) is rooted in our unconscious. But does it work for or against women?

Source: Amazon

10. Body Positive Power by Megan Jayne Crabbe

" Hating our bodies is something that we learn, and it sure as hell is something that we can unlearn. " —Megan Jayne Crabbe

From one of TFF's insta faves, @bodyposipanda, here's another awesome book to curl up in a bed with. Find out how to shy away from toxic diet culture and how to develop a better body image by not tying your self-worth to a number on the scale. You can also watch her Youtube videos (if you don't feel like reading) where she talks about cellulites, diet culture, and hairy legs.

Source: Amazon

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