Breaking Down Body Positivity: Transgender Body Positivity

Hi, everyone! It's Lucy Danger, your favorite body positivity activist, back with another topic for you! This week: Transgender body positivity. You can find out more about body positivity in our brief here, and look at the other posts that I'm doing on this topic here! Join the discussion to let us know what you think!

A big part of body positivity is being intersectional. Being body positive must include being supportive of all types of underrepresented bodies like those of transgender people. Very often, people expect trans folk to conform to either male or female in the way that they present themselves. This is harmful in multiple ways. One, people whose genders fall outside of the gender binary(read more about that in our brief here) feel pressured to fall to one side or the other of male or female. If trans people do not conform to society’s gendered expectations of what a man or woman should look like, they are unfairly treated, and often experience violence and bullying. This marginalizes people who fall outside of the gender binary, as well as trans people who just choose to present themselves outside of their gender’s stereotyped look. Presentation or gender expression can include clothing, hair, body hair, and body features like breasts or muscles. There is no reason that anyone should have to identify as or look like a “traditional” man or a “traditional” woman. Body positivity promotes acceptance and support of everybody who who wants to express their gender inside or outside of the gender binary. All bodies are good bodies, regardless of whether they conform to society’s standards or not.

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