Safety and certainty aren’t so comforting when their maintenance requires the quieting of a deeper calling.
Looking at competitive bodybuilders, I caught myself thinking they didn’t look all that weird. This is how dysmorphia works, I thought; the algorithm only encourages it, nudging you toward extremity. And yet it cut both ways: the more body-positive accounts I looked at as a counterweight, the more the Explore page fed me body-positive imagery. All images train the eye, and consistent exposure to fat bodies rewires the brain just as much as consistent exposure to thin ones.
There’s no better time for this kind of outfit than fashion week (heard of it?), but day 4 was particularly full-look fertile. It seems everyone was thinking about how the disparate parts of their outfit could be in conversation with each other, whether in the form of head-to-toe pink (slide 2, slide 7), or something more subtle, like a black outfit with rust boots, a khaki trench coat, and a black bag with brown lining (slide 12). These are outfits you want to color swatch. The kind you think of all at once rather than bit by bit, because the whole is more than the sum of its parts.