Knicker Rocker Glory has registered an interest in hosting a screening of the documentary film Embrace.
Following a photograph Taryn Brumfitt took of herself showing a poignant before and after, Taryn was overwhelmed by the response and began a journey to investigate why women see themselves the way they do.
Her before image is a result of hard work, dieting, and exercise, spurned on by her hatred of her post baby body (well, three babies, to be exact!). She finally achieved that ‘perfect’ body. And realised that having what is perceived as the perfect body doesn’t stop you from seeing flaws in yourself that are imperceptible to others.
Her after image is the result of learning to love her body for what it is. She stopped the hardcore regime, naturally gained some weight. And she got happy.
Taryn’s picture went viral, but in case you missed it, here it is…
Thus began a journey to investigate why women, old and young, never seem to be happy with their bodies and are constantly fighting against what they see in the mirror.
The result is a 90 minute documentary film called Embrace – one woman’s journey to inspire everyBODY.
You should also check out this article on Huffington Post, which has quite possibly one of my favourite images in it (hint – it involved two plates and a smile!).
In recent discussions about mirrors and sex I have noticed many comments regarding body image; notably how many are ‘put off’ by seeing their bodies in a mirror whilst having sex. Now, I have been physically repulsed by my body in the mirror in the past. I have been overwhelmed by the urge to take a knife and literally cut chunks off myself because areas sickened me so much. I get where they are coming from. But it also makes me feel sad and angry that we feel, or have felt, this way.
So personally, as a woman who has suffered from eating disorders and body dysmorphia for more than 20 of her 30-odd years on this planet, the message surrounding Embrace really strikes a chord. Beauty is something I see in everyone apart from myself. I am still learning to accept my body for what it is. I don’t want to get to 5o and look back with regret at all the time and energy I wasted hating myself. If I am privileged enough to make it to 50. Because shit happens and you just never know.
And I would like to be able to share this message to others. When we are happy with our bodies, we are free to enjoy all the wonderful things they can do. And yes, that includes sex!
So I ask you this – would you be interested in a screening? Whether you identify as male or female, old or young, if you or someone you know struggles with their body image, then this could be the film for you.
As Knicker Rocker Glory is based in the East of England, the showing would likely take place in the Herts/Essex/Cambs area.
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