Why ‘The Good Place’ Star Jameela Jamil Wants Us to Stop Talking About ‘Body Positivity’
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The Good Place star Jameela Jamil has gone off multiple times — both on Instagram and, more recently, for Glamour — about our obsession with the way women look. On both platforms, she calls out the constant stream of figure-focused posts hashtagged #fitspiration and #bodygoals wondering why (like really, why?) we’re all so fixated on appearances when, as thinking, feeling, humans we are so much more than what our bodies look like. In Glamour, Jamil even went so far as to write that she’s over the body positive conversation, writing: “I don’t even want to talk about body positivity anymore, because it means we are still focusing on our looks.”
Um, hold up, girl.
To backtrack, it’s worth pointing out that Jamil does a lot of amazing work to try to counter the trend of body obsession Her Instagram page @i_weigh shares photos of women celebrating their “weight” (where weight is measured in their own personal successes, like their amazing families, their educational achievements, or their killer sense of humor). It turns the idea of what we weigh being equal to what we’re worth on its head.
To all this, we say yes, yes, and yesssssss. The ‘I’m so over appearance counting for everything’ vibe is a sentiment we can absolutely get behind with zero reservations. Because moving past the fixation on the size, shape, and weight of our bodies is what the body positivity movement is all about, right? Right.
But by saying that we should stop talking about ‘body positivity,’ Jamil kind of misses the point of the conversation. It’s kind of like saying that you don’t need feminism anymore because you’ve got a great job and you’re paid the same as your male co-worker.
Yes, Jamil’s ‘let’s stop talking about our bodies’ goal is totally admirable. Who wouldn’t LOVE to not have to talk about gender identities or the wage gap, too? But the reason we need to keep the conversation going about both women’s equality and body positivity is that, like feminism, body positivity has yet to reach and benefit everyone — women’s bodies continue to be judged and objectified. More problematically, our bodies still face the threat of sexual and physical violence, even in the workplace.
As long as women continue to be told that their bodies are “bad” we need to keep telling each other and ourselves that they’re not. The community that has grown out of the body positivity movement is one that offers heaps of much-needed support and encouragement to people who aren’t yet as confident as Jamil is. That community has become a source of confidence for so many people, and an unfailing cheerleader for those tough times when that confidence slips.
What have you learned from being a part of the body positivity community? Let’s chat on Twitter.
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)