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Skinny Shaming & Backwards Bullying

Posted by Soci3tysucks from Cardiff - Published on 20/01/2015 at 11:51
6 comments » - Tagged as Culture, Health, People

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Hey guys. I hope you're all doing well.

If you read my last article, which turns out was a long time ago now, my hair is at the length of my chin now which is very exciting and I have my very own tiny ponytail!  

Okay. So today I'd like to just see some opinions on what seems like the new trend of 'skinny shaming', which to me is just plain backwards bullying. It's everywhere! 

Posted over Facebook and Twitter and now even Disney princesses have been made chubbier too, apparently in a world where someone can sleep for a hundred years and shoot ice from their hands, having skinny waists is 'too unrealistic' and 'puts pressure on girls'. I'm sorry but as a child, when did anyone ever watch a Disney movie and think 'I'm going to have a tiny little waist like Sleeping Beauty when I grow up!' 

The thing is, it makes skinny girls feel awful. It's great to be curvy or chubby or whatever you are if you're comfortable! But, do not put other people down because you do not look like them! 

A few months ago there was a story in the news on a mannequin at Topshop that was 'too skinny' because it had small rib curves. What about people that are that size? How are they supposed to feel about that? I think it's an issue now because if you're not 'curvy' you're 'not attractive' - I find this so rude. If it was the other way around and that mannequin was plus-sized it would be praised! The mannequin was simply showing the size range of which the shop caters to and from.

Please let me know what you guys think about this too because I think it's turning into a serious issue that needs to be sorted! Just like people were told they needed to be skinnier and now they're being told they need to be fatter? Who comes up with this? It's horrible and it's a waste of time.

Whoever you are, whatever you look like, remember that you are beautiful!

Once again, thanks for reading and please leave comments!

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Commented 16 months ago - 20th January 2015 - 16:43pm

It's a toughie because as you said it doesn't matter what size you are as long as you're happy.

The problem is though that most depictions of women in the media, especially those seen as role models are usually thin (and young and pretty) and I suppose skinny-shaming is a backlash to this occurrence.

I imagine if there were more positive depictions of women of all sizes in films and magazines etc that body-shaming (whether skinny or large) would decrease.

Also worth noting that most male heroes in films seem to been muscular/well-toned or the very least slim.



Commented 15 months ago - 25th January 2015 - 20:38pm

It's definitely an issue and it bothers me too, I'm glad someone else has noticed it :') I don't think the root is limited to body shape or size, but that it's not ok to put down one group of people in society to make another group look or feel better. You just end up with a different group being shamed and no solution to the problem :/


Commented 15 months ago - 25th January 2015 - 23:06pm

Yeah, its such a tough subject and it's not anything that can be sorted easily.
I totally agree about men too, its too much. People cannot expect children to grow up into this pressured mess. Its horrible and should not be tolerated


Commented 14 months ago - 27th February 2015 - 09:46am

It's a cartoon, it may have been just you that thought you would have a skinny waist when you're older you are comparing girls to dolls.


Commented 14 months ago - 27th February 2015 - 09:47am

Stop over reacting. It is a cartoon it is not real. You are comparing girls with dolls and mannequins, they are dolls.



Commented 14 months ago - 28th February 2015 - 15:43pm

I think you should be happy with who you are. No one should bring you down because you are different. We are all amazing in different ways. It's madness that people are judged by looks. That's not what should matter.

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