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Body Shaming Breaks Hearts

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Body shaming can cause several of insecurities and also depression and anxiety.

Body shaming can cause several of insecurities and also depression and anxiety.

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Body shaming can cause several of insecurities and also depression and anxiety.

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As the days pass, it seems that more people are being shamed for their size, genetic or not. Self-esteem is something that a lot of women struggle to obtain in general, but in recent years, it seems that society has failed to realize the actual insecurities that women hold.

“Today, girls are constantly reminded of how perfect they should look to achieve the things they want in life; I would definitely say that girls are affected and ultimately feel a certain way about body shaming,” says junior Justice Collins.

As Brashier’s prom passes, it is a strong realization to a lot of women that there is a struggle to find a dress a size that fits your body if you are over the size 8. A lot of these women can be forced to move up to the actual women’s department because a lot of them cannot fit in a junior’s size. The outcome of an event like this is almost perceived as hatred against a girl’s size: if you aren’t small enough, you aren’t worthy enough to wear a dress.

“I believe that fashion lines really find a way to body shame women. I think in this society we should accept all sizes. If the world would like to be realistic, a small percentage of people out there are like the ones we see in magazines and publications,” says junior Jordan Steele.

Not only are there struggles with women in dresses, but also in fitness gear. In March of this year, Nike had released a specific line of fitness wear for women who are considered “plus-size”. This new collection caused outbursts based on the fact that Nike wants to help “plus-size” women get into better shape. This thought of wanting to promote women into working out because of their size took a strong amount of offense to some women. Even if a women is bigger and has curves, it doesn’t make her “fat” or plus-size”. It makes that woman herself, and being herself is most beautiful.

“I feel like labeling a woman as “plus size” is body shaming because it degrades the type of woman who has accumulated more weight than other women. This label also defies all instances of natural beauty that add any supports because of the way that “fat” makes a customer feel,” says Collins.

Fashion lines continue to promote the smaller sizes, and people follow along, which can cause strong judgement towards people who have curves. This body shaming can also cause anorexia, depression, and even suicidal thoughts. Society tends to agree with media because of the pretty girl on the front of a magazine, causing jealousy as many crave this “ideal body” shape.

The long term effects of body shaming, to me, would be the insecurities that would build up in the hearts and minds of teenagers as they try to find themselves… Women will continue to alter their beings to achieve the status of perfect, girls will adopt the mindset that body shaming [companies] has installed in them, and commercial media will [bow down] to the falsification of beauty and health,” says Collins.

Women struggle everyday from unbelievable judgement in their natural beauty. Everyone is beautiful in their own way, and society must accept that.

“Long term effects of body shaming…can cause people to make their body do unnatural things to achieve something they aren’t. I hate that so much. I wish people would stop it. It’s not just a female thing, it’s a male thing too. If we as people would stop trying to be perfect, which we aren’t, then we would be much happier with ourselves and others,” says Steele. 

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  1. Anonymous on May 18th, 2017 10:46 pm

    I love this article you did a great job Lauren

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