Body Shaming – What Is It & Why Do We Do It?
Posted on March 08 2018
How often does media tell us to change our appearance?
Magazines offer tips on weight loss, brands manufacture clothes designed for one base size and society deems what our ideal body shape should be.
Body Shaming is everywhere. It is now the accepted norm to criticize our bodies and the bodies of others.
The standard definition of Body Shaming is “the action or practice of humiliating someone by mocking or making critical comments about their body shape or size.”
Body Shaming can manifest in many ways. And each of us, as individuals, play a part in the rise or eradication of this sentiment.
Here are the 3 base situations for Body Shaming.
- Criticizing your own appearance, through judgment or comparison to another.
Ex:- She’s gorgeous, why can’t I look like that.
- Criticizing another’s appearance in front of them
Ex:- You shouldn’t be wearing that! Look at all the bulges…
- Criticizing another’s appearance without their knowledge.
Ex:- “Look at her rack!”
We know every woman hears comments about being too skinny, too fat, for having too many bulges. And woe be to you if you have fuller breasts. Fuller breasts mean hiding behind your hair to escape the brazen stares and cat calling.
Body Shaming happens every second of every minute. It weighs us down. It affects our confidence and seeps into every aspect of our lives.
How does Body Shaming have a direct impact on your confidence? And how do we fight back? Keep reading this space for more updates.