Between all the chatter about online body-shaming; Mean Girls-style trash-talking; and ugly, body-based tabloid speculation, it’s pretty much assumed that women can’t say anything nice about other women’s bodies — and that they’re definitely not holding back from saying anything at all. So we’re here with some much-needed good news: It actually isn’t true! For the third year in a row, we asked our readers how they’re really feeling about their bodies, and this time we dug into how they perceive and discuss other people’s bodies, too. While there’s some not-so-great stuff going on (1 in 4 women say they “loathe” their body, ugh), we learned — among other encouraging findings — that it seems to be time to debunk the myth of female cattiness once and for all. Hallelujah.
The Bottom Line:
What other people tell us about our bodies makes a huge impact — but what we say and think about our bodies is a big deal, too. While no one’s asking you to feel all warm and fuzzy all the time, let’s set a goal to take a bit of the kindness we have for other people and give it to ourselves. Because it’s your body. It’s your summer. Enjoy them both.