What, pray tell, am I referring to? Body shaming.
I am very slender. My ribs can be seen, my hip bones and collar bone are noticeable... I'm "boney". I can't even begin to tell you how many times people have made remarks like: "Honey, you need to eat!" or "Are you anorexic?". I can't chose to not have dessert without someone saying "Oh, you must be watching your figure.". This one time, someone looked at me and said " Do you have any fat on your body??". I've gotten to the point where it doesn't matter whether the person is just joking or whether they're meaning to be nasty, comments like that are offensive to me.
If you took any of those comments and turned them into the version for an over weight person, you'd be ridiculed, so why is it okay to say something like that to someone who is slender? Do we not have feelings too?
No, I don't watch my weight. No, I don't diet. Actually, I do eat... A lot in fact... and I keep it down. In-case you were wondering, I just happen to have a very fast metabolism and good genes.
Why do we live in a word so bent on tearing each other down? Do so many of us have such low self-esteem that we can only raise it by lowering someone else's? Not to sound like a hippy, but why can't we show love? Seriously.
|Kezley and Briah with their cousin Cora!|