Woman Crush(ing the Patriarchy) Wednesday: Gloria Lucas

Woman Crush(ing the Patriarchy) Wednesday: Gloria Lucas
Nalgona Positivity Pride

If you’re the type of feminista who thinks body image is one of the less-important issues affecting women, let this week’s #WCW school you real quick (hint: you’re wrong!).

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Gloria Lucas is an eating disorder survivor who created Nalgona Positivity Pride, a network raising ED awareness in communities of color and decolonizing body love, to provide people like herself with the resources they need and won't find in the white-centered world of ED recovery and body positivity.

Ahead, find out how this Xicana is crushing the patriarchy by urging people to decolonize the way they look at and treat their cuerpos.

What is Nalgona Positivity Pride, and what is its mission?

Nalgona Positivity Pride (NPP) is a multifaceted project that focuses on decolonizing the body, creating brown* visibility and providing eating disorders/disordered eating support and education. We have a website, an Etsy store, an eating disorders support group for people of color in Los Angeles, and we are very active on social media.

What does the asterisk in "brown*" mean?

It’s an all-encompassing term that implies mixed folks (e.g. Afro-latinxs) and folks with indigenous/Native American lineage.

Why was this space needed in the larger eating disorder and body image movement?

Most information that was being presented on body image and body-love came from a white standpoint. Even when I tried seeking information about my eating disorder, what was presented did not apply to me because I felt that the reasons why I developed an eating disorder was distinct from that of white upper-class girls. Not having representation or applicable information only made it more difficult for me to seek help. I created NPP as a way to release my frustration of a predominantly white body-positive movement. I also have used NPP as my outlet for creativity and solidarity with other brown* folks and people of color. More importantly, I can share with others my healing journey and not only make it about me.                                                             

How does NPP provide insight and care to those brown* people directly affected?

I am very active on social media, and I try to create content that is relevant to brown* folks. I avoid posting any imagery that reinforces the white-thin-cis-hetero industrial complex, and by that I mean the collective industrial and social production of the belief that the ultimate standard of beauty and health is possessed by those who achieve and maintain light skin, thinness and represent being cisgender and heterosexual.

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