Body positive

Writer behind #SaggyBoobsMatter explains inspiration behind the movement

Writer and author Chidera Eggerue. (Instagram)

Chidera Eggerue wants women to know their #SaggyBoobsMatter.

The 23-year-old Nigerian blogger and south Londoner started the social media trend as a way of challenging the idea that only “small-boobed women” were allowed to go braless. She ditched her own bra — a decision, of course, that attracted a lot of controversy from people who told her to cover up.

“People would say: ‘You’re jiggling too much. I can see your nipples. This is bad. Cover yourself up.’ I couldn’t understand why. Every time I asked somebody, the answer was: ‘Because you’re a girl. Because you’re a woman.’ I knew that wasn’t really an acceptable answer. I had to challenge it,” she told The Guardian.

The south Londoner started her own blog, The Slumflower, about street-style fashion, confidence, and being a woman in today’s modern world. Now she says she wants to make conversations about body acceptance and feminism more accessible to all people. “One thing I’ve learned is that when you’re trying to correct someone on something that they’ve believed their whole life, you have to be gentle with them because you’re deconstructing their reality,” she observed. “But if you use a more accessible term, then people are more likely to be receptive to the message.”

This led to her #SaggyBoobs movement, which has encouraged women to accept their bodies as they are — and Eggerue frequently speaks out on Instagram about the need to see images in the media that go beyond the perky, photoshopped breasts.

“Until we all learn that women don’t need to meet anybody’s standards in order to be loved or respected, social attitudes will remain violent towards women. My virtue does not lie in my appearance and if you catch yourself about to judge me or another woman for breaching patriarchal rules, ask yourself if that has silenced the unhappy demon that lives in your head,” she said.

She’s now written her first book, What a Time to Be Alone, a sort of self-help panacea to what she calls the “first-world, privileged” self-help genre that often encourages people to quit their jobs and travel the world. “I found my voice,” she told The Guardian. “I decided I wasn’t going to wait for anyone to give me permission to use it and speak about my life as a black woman pursuing a creative career, having big hair and trying to maintain as much of my identity as possible in a world that tells you that you shouldn’t be yourself.”

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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