In February, Sean “Dancing Man” O’Brien was body-shamed and bullied online for dancing in public. Someone anonymously posted pictures of O’Brien online with the caption, “Spotted this specimen trying to dance the other week. He stopped when he saw us laughing." When the photo went viral, a group of body-positive women joined together and threw the “Dancing Man” a dance party in Los Angeles, California. Close to 1,000 people came out to support O’Brien, including Monica Lewinsky, who recently gave a TED talk on shame and cyberbullying.
If you see body-shaming online or bullying we encourage you to take action and fight back against the body bullies. Here are a few ideas how you can stop body-shaming and start body activism: 🔹Report hurtful comments
🔹Flag inappropriate content
🔹Notify NEDA via the Media Watchdog program
🔹Write a body-positive post for Proud2Bme.org
🔹Create a petition
🔹Call out the body-snarkers by taking a screenshot and tagging @Proud2BmeUS and @NEDAstaff
🔹Join forces with fellow body-activists and spread body positivity and more! 💯 HAPPY WOMENS DAY!