Wear Your Voice to Launch Body Positivity In Color Campaign: The Movement That Needs An Intervention

Los Angeles-Based Publication Launches National Social Movement Campaign to Uplift Women and Bring Awareness and Positivity to All Body Types
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LOS ANGELES - Feb. 27, 2019 - PRLog -- Wear Your Voice Magazine (http://wearyourvoicemag.com/), an intersectional feminist publication, is proud to announce the launch of its #BodyPositivityInColor campaign, highlighting those who have been largely pushed to the margins throughout the entirety of this movement. From its inception as an offshoot of the Fat Acceptance Movement, Wear Your Voice Magazine will curate a collection of Body Positivity works that center QTBIPOC and will celebrate how we use our bodies to subvert the expectations and demands of white supremacy. The publication's intent is to interrogate how fat antagonism, racism, ableism and more connect with desirability politics and how they impact our daily experiences.

"We want to push Body Positivity beyond where it's been. It's past time to admit that it's been stagnant, precisely because it has always centered whiteness," says Sherronda J. Brown, managing editor of Wear Your Voice. "Body Positivity should be an acceptance, appreciation, and celebration of all the different ways our bodies can take form. Everyone deserves to feel good about the body they live in, and when we do not, it is indicative of a societal failing, not a personal one."

"As a publication who has built its integrity on questioning everything, critically and thoughtfully adding words to common misnomers, it was imperative that we bring the conversation back to the people who pioneered it: Black women and femmes," says Ravneet Vohra, founder of Wear Your Voice.

The movement has become empty and commercialized, a movement that celebrates the bodies that are already the most celebrated in society, pushing those in the margins even further into the periphery. It asks us to change our perception of ourselves, to recognize 'the beauty in all of us', without doing the work to seriously question how certain bodies have become constructed as unworthy, undesirable, and unacceptable in the first place.

Existing in bodies that do not meet a white supremacist standard—bodies that are not white, thin, fit, cis, straight, neurotypical, normative in its abilities and composition—has a tangible impact on people's lives. Having non-normative bodies puts us at greater risk for socially-sanctioned abuse, state violence, hate crimes, and wrongful death. It's about so much more than just low self-esteem, but that is the dominant theme that we see present in Body Positive media. That not only places the onus on people with non-normative bodies to "correct" our perception of ourselves, but it ignores the systems that actively marginalize our bodies and how they are maintained through white supremacy.

"#BodyPositivityInColor, is for Black and Brown women and femmes, but it is also a celebration of the work we have done, bringing it full circle and celebrating those who keep using their voices and bodies to affect change for us all," says Vohra.

To  learn more information about Wear Your Voice Magazine and #BodyPositivityInColor Campaign, please visit www.wearyourvoicemag.com.


Founded in 2014, Wear Your Voice Magazine is an intersectional feminist publication. Wear Your Voice is run by women and femmes of color who are trying to make more room for marginalized voices away from the white, cis-centric, heteronormative, patriarchal gaze.

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