My Challenge to Gay Men in 2020: Stop Posting Pictures of Your Body Online

Talk Queerly: an occasional column on LGBTQ culture & politics

Jeffry J. Iovannone
Jan 27 · 8 min read
Photo Credit: Flickr (Creative Commons).

I’m issuing a challenge to gay men in 2020: stop posting pictures of your body online.

In this column, I discuss culture and politics through a queer lens — often absent in the mainstream — to help amplify LGBTQ issues and perspectives.

To be clear, I’m not shaming anyone who has, or wants to, post pictures of their body online or who has participated in diet culture.

“a system of beliefs that equates thinness, muscularity, and particular body shapes with health and moral virtue; promotes weight loss and body reshaping as a means of attaining higher status; demonizes certain foods and food groups while elevating others; and oppresses people who don’t match its supposed picture of ‘health.’”

Finally, diet culture is a way for gay men to bond with each other and create a sense of community.

“Liberation is freedom from all outside expectations, even our own. Liberation is not having to love your body all the time. Liberation is not asking permission to be included in society’s ideal of beauty. Liberation is bucking the concept of beauty as currency altogether. Liberation is recognizing the systemic issues that surround us and acknowledging that perhaps we’re not able to fix them all on our own. Liberation is personally giving ourselves permission to live life.”

When we stop seeking acceptance via our bodies, we allow ourselves to imagine and create other forms of connection and community.

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Jeffry J. Iovannone

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Scholar-activist; Queer thinker; Primary writer for Queer History for the People; Columnist for Th-Ink Queerly. E-mail: QueerHistoryFTP@gmail.com

Th-Ink Queerly

Think Queerly is a publication and podcast by Darren Stehle about witnessing the world with eyes oblique to the status quo. Think Queerly offers insight towards balance, bearing the yang of social norms with the intention to harmonize through the yin of queerness.

Jeffry J. Iovannone

Written by

Scholar-activist; Queer thinker; Primary writer for Queer History for the People; Columnist for Th-Ink Queerly. E-mail: QueerHistoryFTP@gmail.com

Th-Ink Queerly

Think Queerly is a publication and podcast by Darren Stehle about witnessing the world with eyes oblique to the status quo. Think Queerly offers insight towards balance, bearing the yang of social norms with the intention to harmonize through the yin of queerness.

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