Coping With Fatphobia Online

You’ve seen a fatphobic post on your Instagram feed – a post that belittles and humiliates you and your body – and you immediately want to pick up your phone (the innocent party in this scenario), and fuck it at the nearest wall. As understandable and justified as that response may be, it might cause you unnecessary hassle in the long run. So, what do you do instead?

Maybe try walking away from your phone for one thing? A much needed break from the screen can really do wonders for your mindset and help you cool down. But if that isn’t possible (let’s face it – it takes a fuckload of will power and sometimes we’re just not able) then why not try to counteract the negativity with positivity?

There’s not much that we can do to stop others from spreading negativity on the internet. But the one thing that we can do is flood our timelines with positivity and drown it out. I’m a big believer in this.

When I’ve seen something on the internet that’s really bothered or even upset me, my usual response is to turn to my body positivity community and immerse myself in the love and acceptance that it promotes. I share posts that I love on my stories too, so that my followers are flooded with positivity as well. And I almost always feel better for it.

Another great thing to do is start saving Instagram posts that make you feel good/happy/hopeful. I’ve been doing this for a couple of years now and I’ve built up a sizable collection of posts that I can always rely on when fatphobia gets me down. They remind me of the incredible women who are using the internet for the greater good. They remind me of the love and joy in the world. And they renew my faith in humanity and my convictions in what we’re doing in this community.

 

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