When I read these definitions I think of many different acts of bravery, all of which have a huge impact on those affected. I think about a firefighter running into a blazing building to save a young child, a rescue Cavalry coming to render aid in a disaster area, a soldier preparing to go to war, or a person revealing their true self to the world when acceptance and tolerance are on the line. Myself or any plus size woman deciding to wear a swimsuit, whether one piece or two, should not be on that chart!
If you reference the above definition, one would have to endure or face pain in order for their actions to be considered brave. Painfully, societal body-shaming has forced many women to muster up the courage to put on a bathing suit. But we need to ask ourselves, “Why is a plus-size woman wearing a bathing suit in public considered an extraordinary act?” Women wear a bathing suit because it's hot outside, or to go swimming, or just because we want to and because we love ourselves as we are -- because we are brave!
Stereotypes attempt to make us feel like we should be afraid of wearing a bathing suit. Typically, calling someone “brave” is a compliment, of course, but if you call someone “brave” for wearing a bathing suit, you’re implying that their body is something to be ashamed of; you’re implying that they are ‘brave’ for allowing themselves to be seen like ‘that’ in public. Talk about your classic back-handed compliment!
The only concern a women should have when selecting a swimsuit, is deciding if it will be a one-piece or two-piece -- if it will feature solids or prints! It shouldn’t be considered ‘brave’ to do what everyone else does without hesitation. In a perfect world, it would be considered normal. In a perfect world, no one would commend us for loving yourself enough that you don’t feel the need to hide or be ashamed. In a perfect world, ‘brave’ would be a word reserved for the most heroic of acts.
The world we live in now is far from perfect, but times are changing and you will see more of us in our swimsuits than ever before -- boldly and confidently embracing our bodies! Our curves were meant to be seen and it’s time that everyone realized that loving ourselves is NORMAL and here to stay!