I thought that people were over these things, but recently I saw quite a few people post them on Facebook again, and felt my blood boil. What I am referring to is images like these:
You get the idea. I’m not sure what these images were trying to achieve. I suspect they were intended to be body positive, and were an attempt to be subversive that went awry. At least, I hope that is what they were trying to do, because the alternative, that of trying to make thin girls feel badly about themselves, is intolerable.
Images like these and statements like, “Real women have curves!” are harmful. The last time I checked, the only qualifications for being a “real woman” were to have xx chromosomes, a vagina and/or identify as a woman. Putting one body type over another will always be wrong. This is not to say that having a personal preference is wrong. People are attracted to all sorts of different things. Saying that the way one person looks is inherently better than the way another looks is wrong though. It is a dangerous, hurtful viewpoint, and it has become very popular recently. Disguising it as another body type does not help.
If the tables were turned, and the images were talking about how thin women are the ideal type of women and that they are more attractive than other shapes of women, people would be up in arms. They would be discussing social constructs and media ideals and eating disorders. Those same things all apply to the images above. We cannot idolize any one shape if we want everyone to love themselves, because it is not realistic for everyone to be the same shape.
And that’s awesome, y’all.