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I am writing this post off the back of my hand after this morning seeing the stunt pulled by Taking Shape, their idea is to state how wrong it is to be skinny and how a size six isn’t normal? Taking shape is a plus-sized company, therefore, they should know how wrong it is to body shame. People are usually “fat shaming” but in my opinion slating, people for being a certain size is wrong. I have been both ends of the spectrum, at one point I was a size 6, constantly being accused of not eating, asked why I’m so skinny, accused of having eating disorders and then also a size 16, getting called fat, disgusting and unhealthy. I found them both equally offensive as each other, in my eyes, it’s YOUR body and you should be whatever size you wish to be.
I understand some weights are unhealthy, but that still doesn’t deserve to be shamed. What I don’t get about their campaign is how they are looking for skinny girls, calling it “#SkinnyBirdWatching” stood out in London looking for girls and shaming them for being too skinny! I think it’s beyond disgusting and I don’t know how they thought in anyway whatsoever that it’s okay to make a campaign like that. Come on guys, it’s 2015 and I don’t understand how body shaming is still a thing. Does it make someone less pretty because they are a size 16? Does being a size 6 the only thing that makes you have a perfect figure? OF COURSE NOT.
I think the fact that plus sized clothing in itself is pretty offensive I don’t see why that’s a thing either, a size should just be a size there’s nothing plus about it. At the end of the day it’s personal preference to be whatever weight and size you want, and it’s wrong that it’s forced upon you that skinny is always better. But what about those who can’t help being that skinny or like their body like that, they most definitely DO NOT deserve to be shamed on their bodies either. So Taking Shape UK, although you’re all about the plus sized, how about you consider how you would feel if people were fat bird watching?! It’s exactly the same thing and it’s most definitely not a compliment to be pulled up on the fact that you’re skinny. At the end of the day, a size is just a number and we don’t deserve to be defined by a number!