Female Bodies: A Weighty Issue

I’ve been meaning to share this for a while. This relates in a MAJOR way to that whole idea of being body-positive that I’ve been going on about lately. If you haven’t seen this around the internet yet, I highly recommend giving it a read.

shattersnipe: malcontent & rainbows

Hypothesis:

We have, as a society, such a completely disordered, distorted perception of female bodies that the vast majority of people are incapable of recognising what “overweight” actually looks like on a woman, let alone “healthy”. As such, we’re now at a point where women are not only raised to hate their bodies as a matter of course, but are shown, from childhood, a wholly inaccurate picture of what they “should” look like – a narrow, nigh on impossible physical standard they are then punished, both socially and medically, for failing to attain.

I don’t say this lightly. I say it because this is the only conclusion supported by the facts.

Let’s examine the evidence, shall we?

1: BMI

Overwhelmingly, the measurement used to determine whether or not someone is a “healthy weight” is the BMI, or Body Mass Index. Most people are still taught it in schools; indeed, it’s…

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3 thoughts on “Female Bodies: A Weighty Issue

  1. Heather says:

    The thigh gap thing really does bother me. Quite a bit.
    But not because I’m obsessed with my thighs not touching–it’s just that it’s ALWAYS where my pants wear out first, and it’s incredibly frustrating lol.

    One thing people don’t often consider in women’s clothing is cost. Seriously, go to a big box retail store like Wal Mart or Target and look at their packaged panties. There’s a size 9, which I believe is called XXL, in regular women’s panties. Then you move over to the plus size section (because naturally they can’t be together) and notice there’s a 9 there too. Wait, what’s the difference? Well. That’s kind of the thing. The plus size package has a bigger model on the front, and costs on average about $2 more. Same material, same pattern, same size. Different price. So anyone who rides that line between regular and plus is punished for choosing the packaging with a model who might actually BE a size 9. It’s ridiculous.

    It’s not limited to undergarments, of course. I’ve noticed this trend often in all clothing types–and I work in a clothing store.

  2. Astrid says:

    Yeah, the way the whole industry treats women’s clothing IN GENERAL is total bullshit.

    For example: Think you’re wearing the correct bra size? Think again.
    http://www.reddit.com/r/ABraThatFits/comments/rh26h/is_getting_fitted_for_a_bra_as_humiliating_as_it/c469bi0

    I look forward to getting a bra that actually fits…

  3. […] I’ve discussed previously, I am a big advocate of being body-positive. A friend recently shared “10 Ways We Body Shame Without Realizing […]

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