A study published in the journal Body Image has found a link between feminism, one’s own body talk, and a greater body image.
“Guided by the developmental theory of embodiment, the current study explored feminist embodiment as a protective factor that may simultaneously promote more positive (and less negative) body talk and body image outcomes among mothers and their young adult daughters,” the study reads.
The research included the questioning of 169 mother-daughter pairs. The participants were surveyed on their perception as a biological woman, how connected they felt to their bodies, and their level of self-control.
“The study found that feminist mothers and their daughters felt more positively about their bodies and less shame about how their bodies look than those who don’t ascribe to feminist ideals,” a news release of the findings state.
“This study highlights the empowering and supportive nature of mother-daughter relationships and suggests the potential body image benefits of women experiencing feminist embodiment.”