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#30 — Body shaming is a no-no no matter what

I made the mistake of reading the comments on a bathing suit ad in my Facebook feed. Do I have too much time on my hands? Probably. Ok, yes. But I wanted to get the temperature on the public’s thoughts when they see a thinner female model. Boy, there are a lot of mad people at skinny people out there. I knew, but I didn’t know how much or how many.

The comments range from the yawn-worthy “Someone give this woman a sandwich” to “Can you please use a “normal” model.” Say what????? I could hold back no longer. I responded “What is not normal about this woman? Why would you say that?” Trust me when I say that the thin model in the ad did not look like she had an eating disorder so what is up with that comment? No response when challenged on her mean body shaming comment.

If you read the comments on any female bathing suit, underwear, leggings, or jeans ad on Facebook or Instagram, you will see the body shaming comments jump out at you. What makes it ok to criticize a thin model?

Sometimes comments run to the ridiculous, saying things like the model (or women of the same size) shouldn’t be using clothing items like Spanx leggings. Spanx ads are the worse for these mean comments. Here’s a direct quote from a comment on an innocuous underwear ad: “Show me a gal in pair of this undies that’s a little thicker and have her convenience me of the comfort. Anythings feels good when your (sic) a size 0.” Ok lady. Geez.

People seem to be demanding models in the ads they see to be of different size bodies. Ok, I can agree with that. A consumer wants to be able to see themselves in the clothing items offered for sale. Gotcha. I just wish people didn’t feel compelled to post insults and jokes for all to see. I’m old enough to know better than to take these comments seriously, but what about the little girls and young women who read the comments?

Enough of this rant. You get me. Right?

Carry on.

FUN FACT: I haven’t had a speeding ticket in 20 years or so.

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