Body shaming in general is seriously not okay, and the general understanding of body shaming is that is tends to be an attack on larger or curvier people (I'd say women, but body shaming happens to both genders and that shouldn't be ignored). However, that's not the case.
There have been several instances recently where I've noticed that skinnier women are being berated for being smaller. There was the uproar of the mum who showed off her toned and fit post-pregnancy body being shamed for talking about it as it might make others, and now, plus size brand Taking Shape have taken it upon themselves to set up their #SkinnyBirdWatching at LFW, again ridiculing women for being smaller.
While I see what they were trying to do with their campaign, I do not understand why it is now okay to make smaller women feel uncomfortable about being skinny. You don't know their story. You don't know why they are skinny. And you don't know if they are already having their own body issues and you are just making them feel worse.
This angers me so much. For a start, there are several reasons a woman could be underweight or overweight, such as physical and mental health, which aren't ever considered when people talk about the size and shape of their body. The general consensus is that skinny women are all really happy and confident with how they look and they've got it really easy. Well that's a really close-minded view to have.
I've struggled immensely in the past with my body size and shape, and have previously had to overcome real obstacles with my eating and body obsession, so it makes me so mad when we finally begin to make progress by accepting certain body shapes as beautiful and brands, the media and society completely move the goal posts and begin to apply that pressure from a different angle.
I'm a pretty small girl, I won't lie. I'm 26 years old, 5 ft 2, weigh around about 7 stone 12 and wear a size 8. Which makes my BMI pretty much smack on and I'm healthy, yet I am constantly put down for being 'too skinny'. Add on a bit more to my weight and I'd actually be classed as over weight. Make me a bit taller and I'd quite easily be classed as underweight, both results could potentially make me unhealthy to a certain degree.
This is my point.
We should not be berating or shaming people for the size of clothes they wear, or giving people the indication that unless they are a certain size, they are not right and society will not accept them. It's 2015 for goodness sake!
There is enough evidence now to prove that everybody's body shape and size will be different and instead of aiming for those size 6 jeans, or praising people for being plus size, we should be encouraging people to be accepting of their own body shape and not constantly moving the goal posts of where society seems to think they should be.
We should not be shaming anyone's body size or shape, as EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT.
We should be encouraging everyone to healthy, confident and comfortable not turning certain sizes against the other.
And to me, that's exactly what #SkinnyBirdWatching is doing.
So thank you, Taking Shape, for completely reversing all the good work that has been done on encouraging women of all shapes and sizes to be comfortable and confident, by shaming smaller girls. If you don't know their story, butt out.
Oh and stop calling us 'birds'.
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