Jameela Jamil of “The Good Place” is taking on the media’s distorted view of what women should weigh. The actress took to social media when she came across an Instagram picture that tried to estimate the weights of the Kardashian and Jenner women.
Outraged, she called it “toxic bullshit,” and posted a picture of herself where she weighed herself according to her self-worth. She listed “lovely relationships,” “great friends,” her job, “honest living” and more as her weight.
I’m on the war path. pic.twitter.com/A3zC6yTB6G
— Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamil) February 23, 2018
Jamil posed her own Insta-Story on Twitter where followers chimed in with a string of empowering tweets listing messages of their beautiful achievements, self-worth, body positivity and more as their own weight. On her blog, Jamil went all in with a blatantly honest post on her 32nd birthday. She expressed her disappointment in society’s view of women and how they are valued (rather, devalued) in society.
“How is anyone supposed to get through the fucking day happy with themselves when we are given such unreasonable and shallow goals to achieve, falling short of which, no matter who we are, what we do, how many lives we save, how many children we raise, how many people’s lives we touch, we are not worth anything.”
Jamil really lets her anger rage on her blog and homegirl is not wrong. It takes a lot of work to undo the damage that media and society do to a woman’s self-esteem and self-worth. Jamil wrote on her blog:
“I’m so done with seeing this and letting it pass me by. It’s so dangerous and disgusting. It’s so belittling and abusive. We are subliminally bullied all day by the magazines, the sidebar of shame, social media, and by each other. The onslaught is so aggressive that we are going to have to retaliate with 10 times the strength to undo all of the damage to the global psyche of women.”
She goes on to explain her own struggles with accepting her body and how we should love ourselves flaws and all. She was thrilled at the response she got from women all over the world on Twitter. It’s pretty damn empowering, Jamil is definitely spreading the girl love!
— Lara Terry (@LaraRixon) February 23, 2018
Let’s all do this. A brilliant response! pic.twitter.com/6sFTTgWiSe
— Amanda (@filmvsbook) February 23, 2018
— Megan (@pizzaandchips10) February 24, 2018
Let’s all do this 💓🐶 pic.twitter.com/bWzVIK3wHC
— 💖 Simone Kira 🐼 (@kirahicks12) February 23, 2018
Yes! We should totally do this! pic.twitter.com/WrqJnAe6do
— ❄ Holly / Spanners ♿⚓ #FBPE (@I_Am_Spanners) February 25, 2018
— Sarah Tipper (@SarahhhhSmiles) February 26, 2018
— Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamil) February 27, 2018
And then Jamil posted this excitingly on Instagram yesterday:
The way “I weigh” has been responded to over the past 24 hours has made me feel so excited about the revolution against shame. Thank you all for taking it and running with it so beautifully. I can’t fucking believe I’m seeing women talk about their achievements and favourite parts of their lives. THIS IS HOW WE SHOULD BE. Absurd body and beauty standards were created to hold women back. Be bold. Be different. Be proud. Sleep more, worry less, spend less money on “fixing” your appearance and more money on feeding your happiness. Love you. Sorry for this sickening rant of gushing adoration of women. We win.
With women like Jamil spearheading no-nonsense, anti-bullshit threads like “I weigh”, we are bound to keep winning. LEGGO!