Emma Thompson breaks all kinds of boundaries in 'Good Luck To You, Leo Grande,' and asks us to reconsider how we see our lumpy, imperfect selves.
I am always a bit wary of wordings like "the body we inhabit" like our brain is what we think and feel with but like the brain is not part of our body. We don´t inhabit a body, we are a body that thinks and feels. That´s what feels so revolutionary in the scene you describe - that ultimate realization.
I heard a commentary about this film on NPR the other week--it sounded interesting. Your essay focused on it from my a mostly different perspective. Still all interesting!
Good article - thank you
Dame Judith Dench, Helen Mirren, Meryl Streep, Dr. Edith Eger (a Holocaust survivor with an incredible story), Roberta McCain - these are my heroes. Incredible women, who are (or were) unapologetically themselves and refuse to be defined by the social mores that much of the world (and more frighteningly the US) thinks we should adhere to. Regardless of age we need to embrace who we are and just simply say "NO" - it takes some practice and you may take some hits but the feeling of liking who you are when you look in the mirror is well worth it.