WHAT’S WITH ‘SKINNY SHAMING’?

So, ever since Meghan Trainor’s song ‘All About That Bass’ came out, skinny shaming seems to be rife on social media, and ever since its’ release, I’ve noticed it more and more in the streets too. This leads to the question: what is skinny shaming? Basically, in very simple terms, it means that skinny women are ridiculed and judged by other women and men purely for being skinny. Now, just to state, I am not one of these skinny girls and this is not going to be a massive rant about how ‘haters gonna hate’ but rather a piece on why women do this to each other. If women see an obese woman, they will most likely criticise this woman without knowing anything about her and the same will apply to skinny women – we know nothing about these people and why they are the size they are and yet we judge them.

 more beautiful than

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A very interesting article caught my attention recently about a woman who suffers with a condition that doesn’t allow her to retain nutrition from the food she eats, so of course she keeps losing weight. I will add that this woman is losing all this weight involuntarily, has lost her energy and she believes that “weight is not necessarily a reflection of health”, which is obviously all true. If you saw this woman in the street, would you judge how skinny she is? I know I’d look at her and wonder how she’s so skinny, but I would never know that she has this awful condition that seems to be ruining her life. However, she’s seeing several doctors and has created a diet that helps her to keep up her calorie intake, so fingers crossed she gets better soon!

Before

 Before weight condition

After

 After weight condition

Source: http://www.lifeandstylemag.com/posts/woman-with-rare-condition-documents-her-shocking-weight-loss-41694

Now, I’ll be completely honest – the first time I heard the song ‘All About That Bass’ by Meghan Trainor, I didn’t like it. This is because the first thing I picked up on was that it seems almost derogatory to skinny girls. We should be empowering all women, not being sizeist towards skinny women. If you listen to the lyrics closely, she says “Yeah, it’s pretty clear, I ain’t no size two. But I can shake it, shake it like I’m supposed to do” then says: “I’m bringing booty back, go ahead and tell them skinny bitches that” and continues to say: “Yeah, my momma she told me don’t worry about your size. She says, boys they like a little more booty to hold at night. You know I won’t be no stick-figure, silicone Barbie doll. So if that’s what you’re into then go ahead and move along” – so while some sources are saying that this song is really empowering and great for women, is it really? Is she saying that skinny girls aren’t beautiful? Or that all skinny girls are silicone Barbie dolls? In my opinion, we should stop judging girls on their size, I know I have since reading the article on the woman who can’t absorb nutrition from food.

See for yourself ‘All About That Bass’:

While researching skinny shaming, I found some absolutely disgusting things and horrendous statements from some people, for example, this ee card below – what the actual f!*%?! Literally no idea what to even say to this, other than it’s just downright wrong. If women are skinny from working out and eating healthily, what’s so wrong with that and how does that affect how they mother children? How are the two factors (being skinny and being a mother) related in any way?!

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There’s also this photo below – why are skinny girls stuck up? Do you know every single skinny girl in the world and know that she’s stuck up, probably not, so how can you judge them to this extent?

 skinny girls 2

The purpose of this article is to be united and make sure all women celebrate each other rather than criticise each other. We’re already self-conscious enough as it is, why make others feel bad about themselves? Women don’t need any additional stress, so let’s not positively enforce it. I’m perfectly aware that I’m not skinny because I hate exercise and I like indulging in food, but I know that I could easily slim down if I exercised, however I’m not going to criticise other women because they eat healthily and exercise regularly. That’s my problem, not theirs, therefore I’m not going to skinny shame and be derogatory about them because who am I to do that? Who is anyone to do that? We need to be positive about body image because we don’t know them or their story, so stop the world skinny shaming!

Some examples from the best two Jennifers’ in the whole world:

Lawrence:

JL on weight

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And Aniston of course:

JA on weight

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Header photo source: http://girlsglobe.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/skinny-shaming-featured-image.jpg?w=470&h=140&crop=1

Natasha Lane

@tash_lane

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