Today is Love Your Body Day

designed by kyla hollis, winner of the NOW love your body day poster contest

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011 is the National Organization for Women (NOW) foundation’s 14th annual Love Your Body Day! It is a day to honor bodies of all forms; a day for self-love, acceptance, and body positivity. As NOW’s Action Vice President Erin Matson writes at Huffington Post today, this day affirms the importance of being heard instead of simply seen. It is about owning and acknowledging both the struggles and the triumphs of body image in a culture that upholds an unhealthy, unrealistic, and oppressive standard for women’s and men’s forms. Most of all, Love Your Body Day is a day for celebration, reflection, and respect for your body because it is yours.

For some inspiration and body-love around the blogosphere, check out NOW’s Love Your Body Day blog carnival, here.

And my favorite quote on the topic, from the lyrical genius of Regina Spektor:

“I’ve got a perfect body, ’cause my eyelashes catch my sweat!”