There’s nothing I love more than positive body image. Beauty coming in all shapes and sizes? Totally about that.
But somehow, during my quest to jump on the girl power bandwagon
that accepts all body types as ‘normal,’ I realized I’m, well, not a normal girl.
I am… the 'skinny' girl. I am the girl that all these campaigns that feature “real” women are speaking out against, the one who has ribs that show, a thigh gap and collarbones that sometimes protrude a little too much.
Somewhere along the journey from fat shamming to ‘real
women’ campaigns, society has turned the tables on the skinny girls.
Expressions like “real women have curves” have become the new norm.
Instead of promoting the acceptance and diversity of body types that initially kicked off the positive body image movement sweeping through the media, it’s now cut out an entire demographic.
Calling a girl fat is obvs not OK and can even be considered
bullying, but in the process of speaking out against discriminating due to
weight, suddenly it’s the skinny girls that are feeling the pressure.
While some people would consider being called ‘skinny’ a
compliment, I don’t. “Wow, you are so
skinny” is not said in a positive way and, honestly, to my ears sounds more
like “what are you doing to yourself?!”
“She looks anorexic,” certainly isn’t a compliment and is
totally insensitive, especially to a girl who eats plenty and just can’t put on
any weight. I don’t have an eating disorder, thankyouverymuch, this is just how
I am built, skin stretched thin across my bones.
So, while there’s a long overdue shift on the standards of
beauty underway, don’t leave us skinny girls in the dust. Let us in on all the “love
yourself and your body” glory. Don’t push off the insecurities on us, don’t
make us feel like our bodies are ‘bad’ and please don’t call us ‘too skinny.'
Let us all be beautiful. And in the meantime? The only time I want to hear “eat a burger” is during a cookout. And I’ll take two, please.
BY KATE RADIN ON 7/9/2014 12:00:00 AM
POSTED IN body, weight, eating, body image