Fishnet dress

Tee hee hee.

I did something REALLY ridiculous.

I mean, not as ridiculous as wearing a snowsuit to a tanning salon, but something nevertheless quite silly.

I bought a fishnet dress.

WTF am I going to do with a FISHNET DRESS?!

Why WEAR IT AT BURNING MAN, of course!

I figure I’ll layer it over one of my black bathing suits and call it a day.

It’s stylish AND air-conditioned.

You know, the older I get, the less fucks I give about what other people think of my body.

It’s funny.

My whole life I tried to HIDE every dimple, flaw, and jiggle on my body.

It’s only now that I’m older that I realize that most people REALLY DON’T CARE.

To quote Dr. Seuss:

My personal theory about nudity, especially in the communities I circulate in, is that most people actually LIKE it.

We LIKE looking at naked and scantily clad bodies.

It’s fun to see all the body diversity that’s out there.

And I’ll tell you this – I’ve learned that EVERYONE (except for Elle Macpherson) has flaws and that flaws make us beautiful.

So yes, I will wear my fishnet dress with pride.

No, I will not be wearing it with a bikini bottom and rainbow pasties.

I’m bold.

But I’m not THAT bold.

Body Acceptance

Have you heard?

There’s an Ashley Graham Barbie doll!

ashleyI am incredibly happy to hear about this given that if you took a classic Barbie doll and turned her into a life size doll, her proportions would be RIDICULOUS.

Inhuman.

barbieMy whole life I’ve been searching for my body in ads, magazines, photos, and products like Barbie.

I just wanted to find some proof that it’s okay to have hips. And a rounded tummy. And thick thighs. And four chins.

Just kidding.

I only have one and a half chins!

Seeing as how the average size of an American woman is 16, it seems only logical to make products designed to glorify shapes and sizes other than size 0-8.

As a child, I would have LOVED to have an Ashley Graham Barbie doll.

Validation that I’m not a freak.

But, you know, as nice as it is to find external validation, real acceptance comes from within.

Marketing will only get you so far.

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