Sticks and Stones Break Plus Sized Bones
In a culture where the individuals who model the clothes we wear are drastically taller and thinner than the average woman who buys them, it is easy to see how body image issues have become so rampant, particularly among females.
With society shifting its attention to unhealthy lifestyles and focusing on ways to change them, we are now encouraging women who do not fit the model prototype to embrace their full figured bodies while honing in on how they feel rather than how they look. Many women, especially a plus sized woman, will tell you that it is much easier said than done.
Let us consider where the problem actually lies. On one hand, stating that size doesn't matter and weight is just a number would ideally solve the issue of women struggling with accepting their body type, but it hasn't so far.
Beautiful and stylish plus size lingerie and clothing has evolved and improved drastically in recent years, but women are still struggling with the idea of being considered plus sized. Why would this be the case? Perhaps, on the other hand, assigning labels that segregate full figured women from women who are not unintentionally cancels out the efforts to accept a woman's body the way it is. In other words, how do we expect big, beautiful women (often referred to as BBW) to love their bodies when they are still differentiated from other women?
A variety of terms are used to describe the plus sized woman, and it is often difficult and uncomfortable to decide what appropriate description or term should be used. Rest assured we have heard it all: Curvy girl, plus sized, chubby, large, fat, voluptuous, full figured, and the newest acronym, BBW. While sensitivity to the cause is appreciated, what is really important is that a woman is made to feel beautiful regardless of the term used to describe her body.
To tell a plus sized woman that size doesn't matter is false in every sense of the word, especially when shopping for clothing. It is dismissive of her body, how she feels about it, and the way she wants it to look. Size and body type are actually two very critical aspects of finding out what flatters a woman's shape and what makes her feel her best.
There are several things we can do to alter our perception of plus sized women and help with the uneasy discussion about a woman's size:
We understand that embracing a plus sized body rather than ignoring it is a far more effective way to boost self esteem in women everywhere but what about those names?
What about the terminology that we use to describe someone who is 1X, 2X, 3X and more?
Is it ok to call people plus sized?
Is it ok to call people fat?
Is it ok to call people curvy although they may not be curvy at all?
What can we as people everywhere do to ensure that women do not have to use that sing song childlike phrase, 'sticks and stones may break my bones but words may never hurt me'?
Read Part II of Sticks and Stones Break Plus Sized Bones to see what we can do. Why? Because every woman at any age, size, shape, or race has the right to feel like a queen.