Real Women

How to make me go from zero to pissed off in less than 1 second ... post a photo of a woman (any woman) and caption it with "this is what a REAL woman looks like."

How to make me go from zero to pissed off in less than 1 second … post a photo of a woman (any woman) and caption it with “this is what a REAL woman looks like.”

Excuse me?

So, because I don’t look like the example woman, I’m not a woman? How sensitive of you.

I realize that generally the person’s point is that the stick-thin, PhotoShopped, completely unrealistic woman is not reasonable, but do you REALLY need to state this in a way that makes anyone who doesn’t fit in the mold “not a woman”?

I’m not tall, so I’m not a woman.

I’m tall, so I’m not a woman

I’m not slim, so I’m not a woman.

I have no curves, so I’m not a woman.

My BMI is 18, so I’m not a woman.

My BMI is 23, so I’m not a woman.

My BMI is 30, so I’m not a woman.

So, remember that every time you counter the anorexic model with a picture of a beautiful curvy woman and claim that this is a REAL WOMAN, you’re just doing to people like me what you say that [society, the media, Hollywood] is doing to those who don’t fit the mold: you’re putting someone else down to make your case.

In other words, you’re just like those you accuse of being your oppressors.

All women are real women. All women are beautiful.

Posted by Opal

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