Normalizing Body Types

I’ve read an article today and what stuck with me after reading it was that the writer of said article was complaining that the writer of another article she was writing her article about used the wrong word when describing a girl’s body type.

So, the insulting, revolting word that was used to describe a size 12 body type was “normal.” The argument had some merit: normalizing any kind of body type, would automatically mean that women who don’t share the same type of body are not to be considered “normal.” And who the hell needs that on their shoulders?

But that’s the problem with labels, there’s always someone who doesn’t feel comfortable, no matter how hard you try to please everyone — you just fucking can’t. So stop. Seriously, stop it. Now.

You see, when you take a fuller figure and label it “normal” or “healthy”, then the naturally skinny women feel marginalized. When you go the other way around and keep glorifying a thinner figure (like we’ve all been doing for quite some time now), all the fat girls get depressed because their entire existence is then, to some extent, denied by society.

No matter how you go about it, how you phrase it or justify it, there’s really no happiness in saying a certain type of body or a certain size is normal (because that means that everything that doesn’t fall into that category is not). And seriously, when there are 7 billion people in the world, who the fuck gets to decide what’s normal and what’s not?

The fact that people get offended by fucking everything nowadays is another matter that should be discussed at length, but on the subject of body image, body shaming and whatnot, people (men and women alike) need to just try to learn to love their appearance as is and not give a fuck what’s considered normal.

Accept yourself as you are, warts and all because when push comes to shove, you’re all you’ve got.

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