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I recently stumbled upon this site : http://www.skinnygossip.com/…which is hosted by a young woman who claims,
“As a thin person, I was also annoyed by our double-standards around weight. For example, people think nothing of telling a thin woman – to their face, in front of an entire group of people – how skinny they are and even to suggest what they should eat. But I’ve never seen the reverse happen to an overweight woman.”
ok, fine…our culture does have issues with excess consumption and unhealthy eating patterns…but do you HONESTLY think an “overweight woman” is not struggling with the social standards of beauty that you are tooting about? Do you not think she is twice as confused considering she is hearing this message of “eat eat eat” but doesn’t understand why she doesn’t look like Kate Moss or whoever? Oh I’m so sorry you are uncomfortable being thin…which I honestly do believe body image issues impact women of all body types…so no, I’m not criticizing you for this message…but if you think filling your blog with images of incredibly skinny women and equating that with beauty - and then taking pictures of beautiful, bodacious curvy women like Kate Upton,
“So gurls, with my apologies, let’s take a closer look at this little piggie: Huge thighs, NO waist, big fat floppy boobs, terrible body definition – she looks like a squishy brick. Is this what American women are “striving” for now? The lazy, lardy look? Have we really gotten so fat in this country that Kate is the best we can aim for? Sorry, but: eww!”
Following some audible outcry from the public, our “skinny gurl” writes a pseudo apology in which she attempt to explain how her comments were taken out of context, and how her site is meant to empower women and develop a strong community from the body image of skinny girls….I’m sure we could all get on board with this if it didn’t involve calling an absolutely healthy-weighted woman a “piggie”.
Go ahead and try to educate regarding healthy lifestyle’s and the con’s of our society glamourizing over-consumption…but please don’t be a bloody moron and try and pretend like you slamming individual’s who actually eat and live life in a healthy way can be mistaken in any way as informing and advocating for healthy lifestyles regardless of body-type.
done, and done.