I went to see Embrace, the documentary by Taryn Brumfitt, and I liked it!
Before I delve into the details I like I ought to disclose, I was fully expecting a disappointing experience, and Embrace didn't deliver. I'm really wary of "One woman's crusade" type stories, that delve into a small facet of body positivity... I know I know, any body positivity is great body positivity, but I was sceptical.
What Embrace was was beautiful. It followed Taryn's journey around the world as she explored the different stories of some amazing women experiencing all kinds of body shame, body dislike, and even body hate.
I was confronted by the woman struggling with anorexia, blown away by the beautiful woman with poly-cystic ovaries (as a side note, her eye liner was incredible... I was captivated) and I got misty eyed at the beautiful "mum bodies" who were rediscovering their beauty post having children. There are so many versions of beautiful, and Embrace enabled many of them to see the light.
It was refreshing to see a film that bared all and showed real bodies, real tummies and real vulvas
I was expecting a film that focused on weight as the main proponent of body image and was pleasantly surprised to see a really diverse range of body image issues explored. (THANK YOU for exploring trans body image issues, disabilities, and poly cystic ovarian syndrome!)
It was refreshing to see a film that bared all and showed real bodies, real tummies and real vulvas. As pointed out, most women never get the opportunity to see their own labia, and talking about what's normal really helps start breaking down the body shame.
I really enjoyed the indignant huffing from the audience as a plastic surgeon told Taryn her nipples should be in the centre of her breasts, and the fat from her butt could be injected in her lips... And I'm proud to say that I too participated in the round of applause at the end.
I guess you could say, #IHaveEmbraced.