Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Fat Shaming vs Thin Shaming

Body shaming of any kind is just wrong. Who are YOU to tell anyone that the way their body is shaped is wrong or ugly? You don't get that right and if you think you have that right, you are an asshole. I see a lot of comments on fat shaming posts where many people complain about getting thin shamed for the opposite reasons of fat shaming. I know this to be true because I have a friends who have been made fun of for being too thin. Thin shaming typically comes in the form of being told to go eat a cheeseburger or called names like Olive Oil for being so skinny.

I've also heard people mention thin privilege - which by the way, I think is one of the dumbest things I've heard in a long time. I don't really think that thin people get special treatment (now, maybe if they have curves, big boobs and a pretty face, then they may get special treatment but I really don't think thin people are treated better based solely on how thin they are.

Let's face it though, thin people are more readily accepted and don't have to deal with a lot of things that overweight people have to deal with. Now, maybe I'm wrong and I challenge any of you to share your story and show me differently so that I can understand better, but when you're thin you don't have to worry about not being able to keep up with others when going for a walk or bike ride, you don't have to worry about being able to fit in a seat in a movie theatre or a booth at a restaurant. You can easily find clothes to fit you, even if it means you have to go to the children's section. I highly doubt that people will walk behind you and mock you or make animal sounds at you. You probably don't have to worry about what you are eating or if other people are staring at you while you eat in public.

These examples are just the tip of the iceberg.

I really don't agree with the memes going around saying things like, "only dog's like bones" in an attempt to say that only dog's like thin girls and real men like bigger women. No, men like whatever the Hell they want, just like women like different types of men, men like different types of women. There is no wrong or right.
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Just please, don't compare being too thin to being too fat. They are too completely different extremes. I'm really not trying to downplay bullying someone who is thin but a thin person doesn't have a clue how difficult it is to be overweight not only physically but mentally, and discriminated against in regards to jobs and other aspects of life. Think about it, people are killing themselves to be thin; they are killing themselves because they don't want to look like ME. Their biggest fear in life is being fat like me.

Yes, I'm sure thin people probably do receive some unkind words about their weight but believe me, most of the rest of us think you are lucky for being so thin. I look at some of my thin friends and watch them move around, Hell, jump around, get up and down off of the floor, run, do everything without even breaking a sweat. How I wish I could move so gracefully and effortlessly. It must be so freeing?! I'm sure you don't think of it that way though because you have never had problems tying your shoes because your belly is too big or getting up off of the floor because your knees are shot. I'm sure these are basic things that you probably take for granted but these are just some of the many things that are difficult for us that many people may not realize. Now that I'm getting older, these things are increasingly more difficult for me, and these years of extra weight on my body has really taken a toll.

Fat shaming and skinny shaming is both wrong. No one should be shamed for the way they look; no one. If you shame someone else for the way that their body looks it shows your own insecurities. A person who is truly happy with themselves does not feel the need to downgrade anyone. It's bullying and the shit needs to stop. That being said, I don't think that being overweight should be compared at all to being too thin. Just be a good person and if someone doesn't like you for how your body looks, you certainly don't want them in your life.


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