Let’s End Body Shaming, Please.

I want to start this off by saying that I’m not a tiny person. I will say that proudly and if anyone has a problem with it, well, get over it. With that statement out of the way, let’s talk about this thick girl movement that seems to be happening everywhere now.
Last night while sitting in the car with my mother, the popular song by Meghan Trainor, All About That Bass, was playing. My mother then said to me, “Someone on facebook was writing about how this song is mean to skinny girls.” Well, now we have a good debate for the rest of the world to think about.
I can understand why women, who aren’t of Cara Delevigne’s stature, love this song. It’s empowering and sends a well written message to younger girls who deal with self-esteem problems on a daily basis. Trust me when I say I understand because I used to be one of those little girls who would try to hide my body because I was never comfortable with myself. Who doesn’t compare their bodies to the tiniest person in their class?
I can also understand, however, where the female population on the smaller side feel a little attacked. Now a days, most people are talking about how its so great to have curves, not have a thigh gap, and quite alright to have some junk.
But let’s take a second to remember that thicker women have been body shamed for quite a while now and this whole thick girl movement is just taking flight. I also want to say that just because thicker girls and women have been body shamed for the past decade or so, doesn’t make it alright for them to body shame the smaller women.
I know what you’re thinking. How could a thick woman write against her own movement? Easy. Thick women know what it’s like to be body shamed. It feels awful. So why should we do it to the other women who have always been praised for having small stature? Does anyone remember the golden rule? Do unto yourself as you would others.
After years of dealing with self-esteem issues, I’ve finally reached the point where I can accept who I am and I’ve learned to stop body shaming myself. I’ll never body shame myself, so I would never body shame another girl simply because of her smaller stature.
Let’s put an end to the “Thick-Girl/Skinny-Girl” movement. Let’s put our energy towards something more worthwhile and put an end to body shaming across the board.


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