Tales of a Thin Girl

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The aim of this site is to stop body shame. A lot of people don’t really know what that is, despite the fact that they probably participate in the very action every day. It’s not to say you’re a bad person, it’s simply that we have been conditioned in this way.

Body shaming is making someone feel bad about their body, typically out of ones own insecurities. This doesn’t necessarily mean that person is big or overweight.  A lot of the time, particularly nowadays as a result of the tabloid media’s (contradictory) backlash on ‘skinny’, small framed girls suffer as well. Ten years ago, women were angered that media didn’t diversify the types of women used in commercials, magazines and TV shows for example, today, a woman larger than a size 10 (US 6) can’t be featured in an ad without the words ‘real women have curves’ being blasted all over the front.  What do you think that now says to the girls who aren’t naturally blessed with ample breast, a cinched waist and a bodacious behind? It says you’re not sexy and you’re not a real women. Diversification is still not reached, and the sad fact is, it probably never will be.

To stop body shaming, we have to start by doing two things. The first is to start with ourselves, once we work on being self-aware and confident in who we are, only then can we challenge feelings of inadequacy and intimidation in the face of others. And two, we must stop analysing each other, stop comparing, stop challenging and start to be kind, friendly and appreciate the good qualities in everyone. Hopefully this blog can help achieve these things.

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3 thoughts on “Tales of a Thin Girl

  1. So are you saying that we should just embrace who we are and what we have been dealt with, without criticising others and labelling ourselves as being womanly or not?

    • Dealt with sounds harsh, but it does come down to being secure in oneself. This way we no longer feel the need to shame others for being something that intimidates us. For example, if another girl is considered very beautiful, someone who is insecure about this may start to find negatives in that person so they don’t feel so intimidated. The womanly side of things is only a reaction to modern media creating yet another unrealistic and unachievable body image, and then trying to pass it off as a better representation of the female form. However in order to sell this, they overly sexualise the images. Hopefully I can discuss this more in some of my other posts.

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