Amy Schumer Blows the Lid Off the Toxic Habit That's Making Women Miserable

amy schumerWe are pretty sure if "It Girl" comedian and Glamour's August cover girl Amy Schumer ran for president, she'd win. Not because she'd know how to run the country, but because she's so damn funny. And come on, wouldn't you like to see her tossing back vodka shots with Vladimir Putin?

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Part of Schumer's huge appeal is due to the fact that she's honest. And not just about her own insecurities and shortcomings, but about how we women treat each other AND ourselves.

Hint: It's not always with compassion.

Take this little gem from the U.K. Glamour Women of the Year Awards in London yesterday. After winning the Trailblazer of the Year award, Schumer pointed out that most women's magazines "make you feel bad" for being born with a p***y." Then she pointed out that although she weighs 160 pounds, she could get laid anytime.

It wasn't a gratutious remark, but a jumping-off point for a more serious issue: the healthy body image most of us lack. Schumer said:

For women, we're taught to eat less until we disappear. And trained to believe that if you don't look like everyone else, that you're unlovable ... Men are not trained that way. Men can look like whatever and still date a supermodel.

(Let your mind wander for only a moment, and we're sure you can think of an example.)

She continued:

I think it's good to see somebody saying: I have a belly. I have cellulite. And I still deserve love.

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Hilarious? Definitely. But it's rooted in truth.

Imagine how you'd respond if a friend complained that she looked gross in a bathing suit. You'd jump right in and loyally point out all the ways she rocks her bikini. But when those same evil insecurities arise in ourselves? We don't shush them. We seriously pile on.

Ugh. If only ___ were bigger/smaller/more "attractive."

To be fair, plenty of celebs have stood on the same "love your body" soapbox as Schumer. How many times have we heard some A-list celeb wisely advise us to embrace the the package we came in?

The problem is, they're kinda easy to ignore. When you're born Gwyneth Paltrow, you can't really understand what it's like to NOT look like Gwyneth Paltrow.

But just like your best friend in high school who got a little bit popular but still chooses to sit with you at lunch, Amy Schumer's got cred. And a belly. And cellulite.

She wants love, we'll give it to her. And hopefully save a bit more for ourselves.

What do you love most about your body?

 

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