What About Thin Shaming? Embrace Those Lines, Dammit.

There is a major double standard in our society that’s been prominent since the the invasion of the fake ballon-ish gluteous to the maximus. I am referring to society’s obsession for the obvious deformity that is the “big butt” fashioned by many big name entertainers, most notably Nikki Minaj and Kim Karshittian (the latter was not typed in error, I can’t stand that marketing fake).

Celebrities who market themselves as curvy princesses are spokespeople for a market that has potential dangers and side effects. The rooty, tooty, big bad booty definitely has its downsides, especially when you have very little money and pursue butt injections in the black market instead.

According to The American Society of Plastic Surgeons:

ASPS say the Brazilian butt lift is the most dangerous form of plastic surgery.

The organization says one in 3,000 patients die as a result from having the surgery.

Many people undergo the butt lift to get a more shapely figure like Kim Kardashian or Nicki Minaj.

They continue:

Plastic surgeon Urmen Desai, M.D., explains what can go wrong. “Some surgeons are injecting a little too deep. There are some important veins that bring blood from the lower aspect of the legs back into the heart, into the lungs,” he said.

Popular entertainer Cardi B recently underwent a bad experience in her quest for a big, bad, badoinkadoink:

I understand that there is a hidden meaning of inclusion behind the cosmetic superfluity of “fatties”; it’s society’s way of reassuring fatties in that they should embrace anything and everything about them; that they should celebrate all of their flaws as well as their best features. I do find these messages encouraging, but I don’t exactly see these messages going the other way.

What is the first thing people think of when they encounter a horribly thin person?

Forget everything you think you know about Kate Moss. What is the first thing that comes to mind as you look at this photo?

With regard to the photo of Kate Moss, did you immediately jump to conclusions, as society typically does? What if this WAS NOT a photo of Kate Moss? What thoughts would come your way? And what does that say about YOU as a person?

While Kate Moss was at the mercy of all the scandalous facets of the fashion industry and drug use, she’s still human.

The argument has always been that the fashion industry has been catering to specific physique worthy of sporting high end couture and labels, when, in the real world, it is not filled with size 0 through 2 females that can wear their threads. For a million years, all we have ever seen were emancipated models grace the covers of fashion magazines and chicken leg their way onto the runway, but at what cost? Granted, the horror stories to achieve this level popularity is truly horrific, and no woman should ever have to go through such mental and physical extremes to be Prada’s “It” girl for a total of five minutes. My disdain toward the fashion industry will be forever present.

Using Taylor Swift as another example, if you conduct a simple search using the keywords Taylor Swift weight, the top results are appalling. I won’t do these dubious web sites the favor of giving them free money by adding their links, but I’ll just document some of the results that populated:

Taylor Swift Weight Gain: Did She Put On 15 lbs?

Taylor Swift Weight Struggles

Is it Just Me or Did Taylor Swift get a little…..thicker?

Taylor Swift’s Shocking Weight Gain!

There is nothing wrong with Taylor Swift, you judgmental sons o’ bitches. She is naturally petite with a tiny frame and bone structure. Yet, she continues to be a subject of ridicule, with society deeming her as the poster child of an eating disorder, all because she was born that way. It’s a dire shame that a naturally thin woman like Taylor Swift has to endure such puerile perceptions. As a thin woman myself, it is safe to presume that I am ultimately tired of the double standard.

Indeed, it is important for everyone, particularly women, to embrace every inch of ourselves, inside and out. However, part of the human condition is that we are all vulnerable to be the topic of concern for everyone we encounter, be it out of genuine concern or intentional malice. Whatever the case, what typically stems from these concerns are misinformation, and it can be hurtful. Humans are quick to judge and frequently do not put themselves in that person’s position.

To quote one rag mag, “Super thin celebrities don’t inspire weight loss.” My thoughts: but super fat people do?

Guilana Rancic has endured breast cancer, an illness that typically have low rates of survival. Once you do survive it, there’s a permanent mental and physical recovery process. There is no reason for the persistent ridicule and gossip, but gossip rag mags have no dignity. Just as fat people have medical conditions that cause obesity and weight gain, thin people are just as vulnerable. To use people as models for weight loss inspiration is downright ignorant and antiquated.

It is scary to be a thin person at the moment. I have been thin all my life, and I suffer from the inability to gain weight. In the past, I have indulged in all carb diets, and they have all failed to even add a pound. Then, once I turned a certain age, “adult puberty” was starting to take place, and I was gaining weight in all the wrong areas. So, I engaged in a vigorous exercise regimen and watched what I ate, and I maintained this schedule for the next five years. This didn’t matter with outsiders (like co-workers) as they were insistent that I’ve never met a cheeseburger in my entire life.

I was still thin, but I was healthy. The people I would meet along the way would make jokes (out of kindness…..at least I’d like to think so) about eating a hamburger once in a while. My response is usually the same (unless I was in a bad mood) with “I do eat a hamburger, and sometimes I eat two!” People usually didn’t believe me. I didn’t care. Humans will always find a way to tear other people down as a way to amend their superiority complex. And now, with the surplus of fat women and plus sized entertainers and models hogging the spotlight, women of my stature are vulnerable to ridicule more now than ever.

She must be dying, I overheard one person say.

She has an eating disorder, I overheard another.

All of these unwarranted extrapolations, and many like them, are not true. If we are to expected be kind to fat women, and eliminate fat shaming, why can’t thin people be given the same courtesy? Shaming is shaming, no matter the aesthetics. After all, there are some major health disadvantages whether you are fat or skinny. In fact, the medical conditions and symptoms are very similar. Lately, we have been witnessing the boom of the plus-size model, with supplemented articles to embrace our curves, but hardly any of them note that there are disadvantages to being fat. Given how hyper-sensitive society has become, no one wants to read about the truth; they don’t want to look on the inside where the ugly truth is hidden. Additionally, fashion magazines continue to allude themselves by thinking they are ahead of the curve (pun intended) by allowing fat models grace the cover, but here’s the paradox: they are still heavily invested with outer beauty.

Let’s forget about outer beauty, curves, lines, age, and gender. One of the many ways humanity can evolve is to steer the focus on the inside. Just as people come in all shapes and sizes, so do our spirits. No thin person should ever have to feel afraid for being thin because society outlawed thin physiques. Just as we should never engage with fat shaming, thin shaming should be outlawed as well. Otherwise, there is a definite double standard at play, and humanity is stuck in its place. As usual.

This post is dedicated to thin women everywhere….EMBRACE YOUR LINES!

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