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The Sociostructural-Intersectional Body Image (SIBI) Framework: understanding the impact of white supremacy in body image research and practice

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posted on 2024-02-12, 13:41 authored by Antoinette M Landor, Virginia Ramseyer Winter, Idia Binitie Thurston, Jamie Chan, Nadia Craddock, Brianna A Ladd, Tracy L Tylka, Viren Swami, Laurel B Watson, Sophia Choukas-Bradley
White supremacy and racial inequities have long pervaded psychological research, including body image scholarship and practice. The experiences of white, heterosexual, able-bodied, cisgender (predominantly college) women from wealthy, Westernized nations have been centered throughout body image research and practice, thereby perpetuating myths of invulnerability among racialized groups and casting white ideals and experiences as the standard by which marginalized bodies are compared. Body image is shaped by multiple axes of oppression that exist within systemic and structural systems, ultimately privileging certain bodies above others. In this position paper, we highlight how white supremacy has shaped body image research and practice. In doing so, we first review the history of body image research and explain how participant sampling, measurement, interpretive frameworks, and dissemination of research have upheld and reinforced white supremacy. Next, grounded in inclusivity and intersectionality, we advance the Sociostructural- Intersectional Body Image (SIBI) framework to more fully understand the body image experiences of those with racialized and minoritized bodies, while challenging and seeking to upend white supremacy in body image research and practice. We encourage other scholars to utilize the SIBI framework to better understand body inequities and the body image experiences of all people, in all bodies.



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Body Image





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