I’m going to be on a mission in 2013.
The mission? Well, apart from changing the world one way or another, making it perfectly OK to be fat, educating people that you can be healthy AND overweight and that fat girls do exercise…
I want to challenge the idea that a FAT or CURVY woman is a REAL woman.
Of course, used in that context it sounds daft. Fat woman are real women, obviously. It’s not usually used in that context though. It’s used to put down slim women. It’s used in the media stoked battle between overweight people and slim people, and it’s been adopted by curvy girls as a mantra to beat their skinny sisters with.
“We’re real women!”
I don’t want to see any more fat-vs- thin nonsense, please. You do all know that the battle was invented by the media anyway, don’t you? It’s in their interest to keep us big girls on diets, promote Weight Watchers and then pretend they are on ‘our side’ with headlines announcing that so-and-so is a real woman because she’s over a size 16. It’s blatant, girlfriend, and it’s designed to keep YOU reading their magazines and newspapers so that while you see their declarations about fat girls being the next big (ahem) thing, you also see the images of skinny actresses and the constant adverts for diets. And the reports about how obesity kills more people than…well, anything, really.
So we pick up the paper because we see the ‘real women’ headlines, get sucked in by the diets after reading the stories about skinny actresses, and the advertisers are happy. As are the people who make ££s from selling their magazines and newspapers. The people who lose out are us women, made to feel bad for being fat AND for being thin all at the same time.
Don’t fall for it. We are all real. We are all women. And we are all just as good as each other.