Friday, July 5, 2013

Swimming at Every Size

I'd like to create an event in support of Madelyn Sheaffer, the full-figured 43-year-old woman who was escorted by police out of the community swimming pool in Independence, Missouri a few days ago when staff asked her to put on shorts to cover her bottom and she refused.  I blogged about it here.

I want to invite my friends of all sizes to join me for a fun day of swimming at Adventure Oasis Water Park, the pool where Ms. Sheaffer had the audacity to wear a swim suit that others with younger, smaller bodies can wear without harassment.

I plan on wearing this bikini to the event, but feel free to wear whatever makes you feel your best.  It would be cool if we got a bunch of people of unconventional sizes to show up in bikinis, but if you prefer something more modest that is entirely your choice.  I want this event to raise awareness of the Health at Every Size® philosophy, which aims to teach people to love their bodies.  So please, the only requirement is that you must love your body.  And have compassion for other people's bodies.

I don't know what's the best date yet to arrange this event.  I've tried to contact Ms. Sheaffer, but I'm sure she's busy.  Or maybe she's ready to be left out of the limelight for now.  I'll keep you updated on what time and date I decide to schedule this event.  Feel free to leave comments with any advice you have.  Thanks for the support, friends!

I love you just the way you are.