Seriously. Just look at your Pinterest. Actually, to save you time, I've compiled some of the memes that stereotype women and define them by their body type.
But seriously. Let's talk about it.
It sucks that so many women have experienced the pressure to be skinny because of the media. It sucks that Victoria's Secret models all have the same exact body type. It sucks that there isn't more diversity portrayed on TV shows.
And it also sucks to post snarky memes about how skinny, curveless women are sub-standard, inferior women. My thighs and chest are not what make me a "real woman." Which, by the way, what the hell does that even mean? Does the fact that I have a vagina not make me a real woman? I'm pretty sure that's the only requirement for being a woman.
Throughout highschool and college, people would constantly comment on my body. Boys, girls, women, men, teachers, friends, coworkers.
"You're so skinny!"
"Girl, you need to eat a sandwich!" (Told to me by a fellow teacher at my last job. Awesome.)
"Do you ever eat?"
"What do you do, like workout all the time?"
"Are you anorexic?"
"Go eat a sandwich!" (What is it about sandwiches?)
"Why do you even work out. Seriously. You weigh like two pounds, so just quit."
"You need to put some meat on those bones." (Approximately 27 times)
"Haha, do you ever make yourself throw up?"
Rather than saying, "shut the hell up," like I should have, I would politely laugh at their inane, asshole comment and move on. It really bothered me, though, because I would never, ever make a comment to somebody struggling with being overweight, so the fact that they thought they could make a comment to be because I struggled with being underweight seems very arbitrary and hateful.
I didn't choose my body type. I didn't choose my struggles. Being a normal weight is a struggle and a constant challenge. I feel like I have to think about food way more than other people, because gaining weight is incredibly difficult. And no matter how much weight I gain, I'm never going to have a big chest or a big bootie. I will probably always be able to fit into twelve year old boy jeans. I will probably always have the option of not wearing a bra with my clothes.
And that's okay.
Categorizing women based on their curves is embarrassing. It's embarrassing that we as women are allowing these false, indecent ads to be pinned to our Pinterest boards and shared on Facebook. It's embarrassing that so few people are standing up and calling people out on crap like this. And it's embarrassing when people judge women on their bra size. Let's not allow judgement on skinny girls or curvy girls.
Credit to Rachel for writing about this topic and making me think about it more.