Friday, 20 February 2015

Body Shaming!




I am writing this post off the back of my hand after this morning seeing the stunt pulled by Taking Shape, their idea is to state how wrong it is to be skinny and how a size six isn't normal? Taking shape is a plus sized company therefore they should know how wrong it is to body shame. People are usually "fat shaming" but in my opinion slating people for being a certain size is wrong. I have been both ends of the spectrum, at one point I was a size 6, constantly being accused of not eating, asked why I'm so skinny, accused of having eating disorders and then also a size 16, getting called fat, disgusting and unhealthy. I found them both equally offensive as each other, in my eyes it's YOUR body and you should be whatever size you wish to be.

I understand some weights are unhealthy, but that still doesn't deserve to be shamed. What I don't get about their campaign is how they are looking for skinny girls, calling it "#SkinnyBirdWatching" stood out in London looking for girls and shaming them for being too skinny! I think it's beyond disgusting and I don't know how they thought in anyway whatsoever that it's okay to make a campaign like that. Come on guys, it's 2015 and I don't understand how body shaming is still a thing. Does it make someone less pretty because they are a size 16? Does being a size 6 the only thing that makes you have a perfect figure? OF COURSE NOT.

 I think the fact that plus sized clothing in itself is pretty offensive I don't see why that's a thing either, a size should just be a size there's nothing plus about it. At the end of the day it's personal preference to be whatever weight and size you want, and it's wrong that it's forced upon you that skinny is always better. But what about those who can't help being that skinny or like their body like that, they most definitely DO NOT deserve to be shamed on their bodies either. So Taking Shape UK, although you're all about the plus sized, how about you consider how you would feel if people were fat bird watching?! It's exactly the same thing and it's most definitely not a compliment to be pulled up on the fact that you're skinny. At the end of the day a size is just a number and we don't deserve to be defined by a number!

Is being skinny really that IMPORTANT? I wrote a post here
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17 comments

  1. Agree agree agree! Perfectly worded! :) x

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  2. I completely agree with you! 'Skinny' and 'Fat' are two ends of the same spectrum, who are we to decide that one end is better than the other. I wrote a similar post about plus-sized models and I would love it if you gave it a read http://www.etcgabrielle.com/2015/02/the-trouble-with-plus-size-models.html

    Gaby xx

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  3. this is so awful! I had so many comments when I was a size six, people would stop in their tracks and loudly go 'she is WAY too skinny!' even my so called friends would say 'you need to eat some cake' the double standards are ridiculous! I can't believe a plus size company thinks this is ok!

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  4. I couldn't agree more. Body shaming makes me so angry; as women surely we should all be supporting one another to be happy with our size, size 6 or size 22, because it is clear that alot of us have body confidence issues. Stunts like this can really bring that self confidence down even more, its so frustrating! All forms of body shaming should be banned, whether you are skinny bird or fat bird watching, NEITHER is acceptable. As my lovely and wise nan says "there are only two models, but lots of shapes and sizes!" which is completely and utterly fine!

    Thank you for posting it. I'm sick to death of seeing people posting body shaming images all over social media. Its about time we saw some more posts like this!

    Suitcase and Sandals Blog XX

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  5. I agree! I hate things like this, why should ANY body shape be superior to another. If you like your body shape, that should be it. We should be encouraging all women to appreciate their own bodies, not by making others feel bad!
    Eden x / edenroses

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  6. Oh my stars! As if this is a thing right now, how awful! I got shit for being skinny at school :/ girls used to poke me in the stomach while in the changing rooms before games and tell me to eat a McDonalds -_- not cool! xo

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  7. Brilliant blog post, I completely agree. It's disgraceful and if it was the other way around, they would be one of the first to complain I'm sure.

    I don't really understand why we need plus size brands either, why can't all companies cater for all sizes?

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  8. Great post, this definitely needed to be said! Can't believe a campaign like this was allowed to run. Body shaming is disgusting, whatever size or shape you are everyone deserves respect and to live without judgment.

    Roxie ♥
    http://thebeautifulbluebird.blogspot.co.uk/

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  9. I am really upset about this and tweeted them, I wasn't following anyway so didn't need to unfollow. It's shocking how they think they can justify it and say it isn't especially when you watch the video they posted. I am a size 6 and normal....even when I eat my feelings when I am depressed the biggest i have been is an 8 that is my normal size...naturally?!! D: xxx

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  10. Totally agree, I couldn't believe it when I saw the campaign, what idiot came up with that?! So offensive and down right mean. We can't embrace larger bodies by slamming smaller bodies, and we can't embrace larger bodies without fair representation along with smaller bodies, neither way works. Great post!

    Emma x
    Writing Essays With Wine

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  11. Fantastic post Jess! Couldn't agree more with you lovely <3
    It literally doesn't matter what size or end of the spectrum you are, shaming bodies like that is disgusting!
    Ahhh.. the world is disappointing sometimes!

    Jemma xx
    www.dorkface.co.uk

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  13. This post is great, I really never thought about it in that way before! Why should they have to define plus size, you're right it should just be a normal size! Your blog is great btw, will be following you on bloglovin!
    Heatherx

    100waysto30.co.uk

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  14. Found this blog post when I was researching the hashtag #SkinnyBirdWatching and completely agree. It seems like whatever size you are, there will be someone trying to put you down. I wrote something similar on my blog here if you want to check it out.

    Alice

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  15. This is appalling! I didn't know about that campaign but I hate it when people think it's ok to body shame anyone, regardless of their size. After having Elsa I lost a lot of weight and got so sick of everybody constantly telling me I was too thin! No one would ever dream of telling an overweight person they were too big! It's so annoying.

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  16. I love this post. I'm always saying this and ladies who are a bigger size than me often look down on me and make derogatory comments about me not having a "womanly figure" whatever that is.

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