I am upset, scratch that, I am really frickin’ annoyed at the remarks that have been made about a mannequin in the window of La Perla. The upscale lingerie company put a mannequin in their window that, oh horrors, showed her ribs! Michael Rudroy tweeted this:
The Twitter world became enraged and the tweeted responses have included words and phrases like “unheathy”, “anorexic”, “why would anyone think this is sexy or attractive?”, and many other disparaging and shaming remarks. Now La Perla is removing the mannequin because of the outcry.
The crazy thing is that this mannequin represents my body type. I am almost thirty-nine years old, have had a baby and have never dieted in my life. I have never binged and purged, never starved myself and I have never been considered to be unhealthy by my doctor or family. Take a little curve away from the breasts and add a bit to the hips, and that mannequin could be me.
According to the majority of responses on Twitter, I should be ashamed of this body that I was born with.
Usually, I stay out of the weight and body image conversations. It makes me uncomfortable when women start talking about weight because I feel like I have nothing to say that wouldn’t be discounted or judged.
I am tired of feeling like I have no voice in the body image conversation just because I am naturally skinny. Can we stop shaming the skinny just because we are on a mission to stop shaming curves? Can we stop calling skinny women “unhealthy”?
No matter what your body type is, if you are a woman, you have likely felt shamed at some point in your life. It is rarely acceptable to shame another human for anything because you have not walked in their body, with their experiences.
If I ever start killing baby animals for the fun of it, you can feel free to shame me. But if you see my ribs when I wear my bikini, please don’t assume negative things about me.
Stop shaming the skinny. Stop shaming the curves. Stop shaming the bodies of others.