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Lizzo's Instagram Is A Reminder To Be Sexy For Your Damn Self

It ain't her fault she's got the juice.

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We found you, Miss New Booty! Lizzo is out here giving us life one way or another, whether it be through her music or the way she loves on herself no matter what anybody else has to say. She's human just like the rest of us, battling insecurities, however, she works hard to find new ways to appreciate parts of herself each day. On most days, sis just loves to look in the mirror and shake a 'lil something. And Lizzo reps it without apology on her Instagram through shameless butt pics. I can't say I blame her. I wish I had an ass like that!

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The thing about Lizzo is she going to be who she is whether you like it or not because she likes herself. What draws me to her both musically and personally is how she is herself all the time, there are no inconsistencies to be found, allowing her fans to support her for who she really is and for others to dislike her for that same reason. Earlier this year, she sat down with David Letterman during an interview in the Netflix series My Next Guest Needs No Introduction and revealed her secret sauce for being so apologetic:

"They thought they were complimenting me by saying I was unapologetic. I was like, 'What do I have to apologize for?'"

Oop. Sis, I did not know it was that simple. But every day I'm finding out in this lifetime you are who you say you are. You can change your own story at any time with a simple decision to think affirmative thoughts and follow up with action. As far as Lizzo goes, she has no issue telling us what she's thinking of herself:

"I'm fine. I know that I'm beautiful, and I know that I'm a f**king bad b**ch and I'm successful, poppin' and healthy."

1. Look Back At You For What?

2. My Beach Is Better.

3. Shake Sum' Sunday.

4. Get You Love Drunk Off My Hump.

5. Bad Bitch Alert.

7. Wanna Play?

8. Come Ride It, My Pony

9. Wish You Were Here

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When I was ten, my Sunday school teacher put on a brief performance in class that included some of the boys standing in front of the classroom while she stood in front of them holding a heart shaped box of chocolate. One by one, she tells each boy to come and bite a piece of candy and then place the remainder back into the box. After the last boy, she gave the box of now mangled chocolate over to the other Sunday school teacher — who happened to be her real husband — who made a comically puzzled face. She told us that the lesson to be gleaned from this was that if you give your heart away to too many people, once you find “the one,” that your heart would be too damaged. The lesson wasn’t explicitly about sex but the implication was clearly present.

That memory came back to me after a flier went viral last week, advertising an abstinence event titled The Close Your Legs Tour with the specific target demo of teen girls came across my Twitter timeline. The event was met with derision online. Writer, artist, and professor Ashon Crawley said: “We have to refuse shame. it is not yours to hold. legs open or not.” Writer and theologian Candice Marie Benbow said on her Twitter: “Any event where 12-17-year-old girls are being told to ‘keep their legs closed’ is a space where purity culture is being reinforced.”

“Purity culture,” as Benbow referenced, is a culture that teaches primarily girls and women that their value is to be found in their ability to stay chaste and “pure”–as in, non-sexual–for both God and their future husbands.

I grew up in an explicitly evangelical house and church, where I was taught virginity was the best gift a girl can hold on to until she got married. I fortunately never wore a purity ring or had a ceremony where I promised my father I wouldn’t have pre-marital sex. I certainly never even thought of having my hymen examined and the certificate handed over to my father on my wedding day as “proof” that I kept my promise. But the culture was always present. A few years after that chocolate-flavored indoctrination, I was introduced to the fabled car anecdote. “Boys don’t like girls who have been test-driven,” as it goes.

And I believed it for a long time. That to be loved and to be desired by men, it was only right for me to deny myself my own basic human desires, in the hopes of one day meeting a man that would fill all of my fantasies — romantically and sexually. Even if it meant denying my queerness, or even if it meant ignoring how being the only Black and fat girl in a predominantly white Christian space often had me watch all the white girls have their first boyfriends while I didn’t. Something they don’t tell you about purity culture – and that it took me years to learn and unlearn myself – is that there are bodies that are deemed inherently sinful and vulgar. That purity is about the desire to see girls and women shrink themselves, make themselves meek for men.

Purity culture isn’t unlike rape culture which tells young girls in so many ways that their worth can only be found through their bodies. Whether it be through promiscuity or chastity, young girls are instructed on what to do with their bodies before they’ve had time to figure themselves out, separate from a patriarchal lens. That their needs are secondary to that of the men and boys in their lives.

It took me a while —after leaving the church and unlearning the toxic ideals around purity culture rooted in anti-Blackness, fatphobia, heteropatriarchy, and queerphobia — to embrace my body, my sexuality, and my queerness as something that was not only not sinful or dirty, but actually in line with the vision God has over my life. Our bodies don't stop being our temples depending on who we do or who we don’t let in, and our worth isn’t dependent on the width of our legs at any given point.

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