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Ending the “Snapback” Craze

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With each celebrity pregnancy there is an ever increasing focus, not on the health of the child or mother, but on the quick return of a postpartum physique. Commonly referred to as a “snapback”, social media commenters are often quick to render judgement on women who fail to reach an “ideal” weight or shape within days of giving birth. The glamorization of achieving a small stature has amplified another problem with body image issues, social media, and misogyny.

Ignoring the physical ramifications of losing too much weight too quickly, many new mothers opt for plastic surgery. Selecting tummy tucks, which can be done immediately after childbirth, they look to avoid the shame of carrying “excess” weight from pregnancy. But the procedure is not recommended by most surgeons because the body simply isn’t prepared for it. In fact, it isn’t recommended that prospective patients have work done for at least a year after giving birth.

A Horrific Trend

Against the better judgment of medical professionals, tens of thousands of women seek “mommy makeovers” where their breasts or stomachs are augmented, and stretch marks are concealed. For those in the public eye, these procedures are deemed “reconstructive” and seen as necessary attempts to maintain relevance in industries where appearance is everything. The average woman, without a personal trainer, private chef, or capital to spend, is bombarded with images of unattainable postpartum body images. And thanks to platforms like Instagram and suggestive headlines in printed publications, the snapback has become a standard.

Black Women Experience EDs Too

The celebration of any random celebrity “getting their body back” after pregnancy has led to an increase in eating disorders, even among Black women. However, it is important to note that evidence to support that claim is biased. Researchers are less likely to study the eating disorders in Black women despite evidence that shows Black teens are 50% more likely to develop an ED than white teens. Even when the research is completed, socioeconomic factors that contribute to the disorder are frequently ignored, or worse, the behaviors are seen as acceptable. When Black women see doctors or clinicians after acknowledging concerns, they are less likely to receive appropriate professional help. As with childbirth and keeping with misogynoir, the needs of Black women are overlooked in the dietary realm as well.

Stop Training Your Waists

Over several years, we have seen an influx in the peddling of “Get Thin Quick” schemes. Items like flat tummy teas , waist trainers, or other appetite suppressants that promise slimmer physiques sooner have overtaken social media through paid advertisements, even on private pages. Dangerous dietary trends that exclude so much from one’s diet that it is synonymous with starvation have been on the rise. Despite the burgeoning culture of body-positivity, it is riddled with people who spew fatphobic rhetoric and hide their hands. It isn’t difficult to see that the pressure to be thin is there, but when paired with pregnancy, the clarity of fatphobia shines with a light that burns.

All of us can do better to aid in the removal of stigma. First, by being honest with what our bodies look like. Second, by accepting ourselves at any stage.

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Caucasian Christian Colonizer Cole LaBrant Catching Criticism for Using Adopted Child as Ottoman for Privileged Daughter

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In today’s segment of Typical White Nonsense, we return to none other than Alabama for the latest act of insensitivity. YouTuber Cole LaBrant uploaded a controversial video of his adopted cousin, a Black boy nicknamed Peanut, being used as a footstool to lift his daughters up to the swings. Although the video has been deleted, it was captured by the entirety of Black Twitter, who assembled to quickly mete out justice.

Having recently trended because of the poor decision to pass one of the nation’s strictest abortion bills, Alabamians have another reason to hide their faces in shame. Youtuber Cole LaBrant, who runs a family channel with his wife and children, shared a video of his Black adopted cousin being used a footstool to his Twitter account. Expecting the video to be received as a warm gesture, Cole quickly realized that a Black boy being pressed into the dirt by the heel of two white girls isn’t exactly the visual we need in 2019.

Although Cole has been racing to clean up his mess, evidence of the misdeed has already made international waves. Catching the immediate ire of Black Twitter, the culture has already rallied and uncovered disgusting liked tweets. An outspoken Christian, Cole has apparently taken “make your enemies a footstool” quite literally as he celebrated the behavior of”Peanut”. Despite there being multiple able-bodied adults in the vicinity, that poor child is the one to “aid” his cousins, who in my opinion didn’t even need his help.

Along with drawing comparisons to behaviors exhibited during slavery, Cole’s actions have prompted a discussion for the argument against transracial adoption. When Black babies end up in white homes, are deprived of the knowledge of their cultural history, and are subjected to treatment like that, it’s the perfect storm for birthing an Uncle Ruckus. They endure psychological abuses and internalize hatred for all that so many of us hold dear. They develop disdain for the elements of Black culture they missed and eventually grow to use the language of the oppressor to justify their prejudices and distance themselves from the community. The fear of “Peanut” facing such a fate has spawned calls for his removal from a potentially dangerous environment.

Has Black Twitter gotten CPS on the line yet?

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Kim Kardashian’s Kredit Belongs to Black Female Attorneys, Activists

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Behind every Kardashian is a Black woman who truly did the work! Yesterday, we reported that Kim Kardashian would be featured in a two-hour documentary chronicling her justice crusade. Now, an attorney and criminal reform advocate a part of the team that REALLY led the efforts has spoken up.

Kim Kardashian arrived at the table when dessert was being served and was given credit for the full meal! The true team of people who put the work in to secure the freedom of Alice Marie Johnson along with the other 16 life sentences, is made predominantly of black women and men.

Fed up with the misinformation people have been spreading on social media, Texas attorney and activist Brittany K. Barnett decided to clear the air. Through two organizations called The Decarceration Collective and the Buried Alive Project, Brittany and her partner, MiAngel Cody, were the driving forces behind the success Kim Kardashian has claimed. Commenting on the silent struggles she has faced, Barnett says she is “coming out of the shadows” and is no longer shying away from their magic in all of its melanin glory.

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As a co-founder of Buried Alive, Brittany K. Barnett has been invested in the pro bono presentation of federal prison inmates. Changing the lives of nonviolent drug offenders, Brittany has worked to secure the freedom of countless victims of the American justice system. Having experienced firsthand the atrocities mass incarceration inflicts upon families, Brittany has worked tirelessly to free her clients, 37 in total. So when it comes to what exactly Kim Kardashian provided, in short, it was “support”.

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The use of Kim’s platform was integral in securing funding and spreading the word but the work was done by those behind the non-profits. While Brittany does not harbor any ill-will toward Kim, she is conflicted by reports that Kim led the way. Expressing her frustration, Brittany stated:

Kim has always been very clear in her role. It’s the media that spins it around — not Kim. We do not care how the media is portraying it — that’s what the media does. Who cares. We need Kim’s support and the support of anyone else who wants to join this fight. We love that she is using her platform to raise awareness. We ain’t trying to be famous, we trying to get our people free. Period.”

 

Brittany credits Kim for “linking arms” with them in support when other foundations declined requests for funds. However, TWO black women lawyers are responsible for the 90-day effort to release 17 incarcerated individuals.

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