{The Body Liberation Guide} Normalizing aging bodies

Hi friend,

If we’re lucky, aging will happen to every one of us, but we talk about it so little, and we all deserve to understand aging and be treated better in our aging bodies.

Some of it is that social media is a young person’s game. It burns out people, especially activists, as we age. And some of it is that, in a youth-worshipping, fatphobic, ableist culture, people are treated as invisible when they’re old enough to lose their “value” to beauty standards and capitalism.

It’s so important that we’re able to see and normalize aging bodies, and I’m always thrilled to photograph people over 40, 50, 60, 70, 80….

This is my loved one K. and her dog Bella. They live far from us, so we don’t get to see them often, but we were able to spend a couple of days with them in Los Angeles last fall.

These two have been supporting each other through some hard life changes, and I leaned firmly on my “You don’t have to smile” policy when I caught K. as we were all leaving our hotel rooms and talked her into sitting for a quick set of portraits.


The Conversation

Here’s what’s being discussed this week in the world of body acceptance and fat liberation: 

» The Bellevue Hospital Weight Loss Surgery Factory (read)

» Fat, Over 40, And Running — Jill Angie (listen)

» AITA for telling my DIL she wasn’t invited due to her weight (listen)

» ICYMI: {The Body Liberation Guide} That energy will carry on (read)

» If my patient asks for weight loss, don’t I have to offer it? (read)

» [Content note: bigoted and stigmatizing, presented for study] Should We End O*? (read)

» They’ve done a survey of fat people and they’ve written a report! What do the fatties want? (read)

Quick Resources: Pandemic Fat Shaming 

(Yes, There’s Still a Pandemic)

» Covid-19 Does Not Discriminate by Body Weight

» Fatphobia During the COVID-19 Pandemic

» The truth about Covid-19 and Weight

» The problem with Covid-19 weight-loss advice

» Body Shaming, Harmful Diet Culture on the Rise During COVID-19

Hi there! I'm Lindley. I create artwork that celebrates the unique beauty of bodies that fall outside conventional "beauty" standards at Body Liberation Photography. I'm also the creator of Body Liberation Stock and the Body Love Shop, a curated central resource for body-friendly artwork and products. Find all my work here at bodyliberationphotos.com.