Editor's Letter: Talking about our bodies isn't the accepted norm... yet
Admittedly, I was almost angry (but kind of excited) when I realized that September 1st was only a few days away. This summer went by so fast and I learned so much. Now that I’m back in the swing of things, I realize how much needed it is. Especially with this being Concept’s third issue, I feel empowered and like I can do anything. I feel like I can break some taboos.
When I was younger, my elementary school split up the girls and boys (one day we won't be so binary, fingers crossed) and told the girls about tampons and deodorant. In middle school, a health group came in and shamed people who had premarital sex. In high school I signed an abstinence card. All of this without ever learning things like why breasts grow, what a clit was, and if there were other forms of birth control besides a pill. Needless to say, it took a lot of self research to learn about my body. Now that I know more, I want everyone to talk about it!
Why shouldn’t I be able to talk about the times when I’ve woken up, stood beside my bed, and thanked the Lord that I had tile in my dorm room because the amount of blood running from my uterus then down my legs would’ve been hell to get out of a carpet. Or why shouldn’t anyone be able to talk about being able to be healthy and fat femme at the same time? Why shouldn’t we be able to let trans people talk about their bodies without being othered? Concept: September is all about creating safe spaces and demanding the normalization of things that are part of so many people’s daily lives. And this doesn't just go for some bodies. The only way for the biggest of cultural shifts to truly happen is to include everyone's bodies. The bodies that escape European beauty standards and redefine "able" and "perfection." We need bodies from all walks of life.
So we want to hear about your body! We want to hear about the body you call your temple, your roller coaster, or you PRIDE bar. The good, the bad, the ugly.
How does colorism mess with your world?
Do you wish the people in razor ads actually had body hair?
What’s your favorite body part?
Was finally getting help with body dysmorphia a much needed change?
We want to hear it all so submit, submit, submit!
Shout out to Clue the period tracking app, THINX, the Remente app, Caitlin Thompson from Acast, and Jenni Bee for your contributions to this issue!