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I don't share my weight on here b/c frankly it's my business but something happened at Wal*mart today that leads me to want to say something:

I was shopping for clothes and asked a sales lady where the leggings that WEREN'T juniors were, cause, ya know, I'm NOT in juniors at 35 years old and that's all that I could find and she pratically yells across the aisle asking another sales lady where the PLUS SIZE leggings were.

Plus sized?

I'm by no means tiny but I don't see myself as plus sized either. I hate that my size is thought of as plus. What determines plus size? The fact that models are negative size 20? My size, is in fact, AVERAGE size. Yes, average. Meaning the majority of women are my size but yet we're called plus size.

Then someone shares this photo on Facebook.
A beautiful, vibrant woman.

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Do you see what I see?



(That thud you heard was me falling to the floor, incredulous that someone is calling her thick.)

What the hell!

What makes her thick?? B/c she doesn't have a thigh gap?! B/c her ribs aren't showing?? The only thing I see that could possibly be "thick" about her is her hair (thanks FB friend for that laugh!). I see a beautiful woman. I certainly don't see anything "thick" about her.

Do you know what all this being called "thick" and plus size labeling of average sized women does to us? Makes us feel like shit. Makes us feel fat and ugly. We shouldn't be labeling AVERAGE sized woman as plus size. Label us average or majority sized. 

Just about every woman you see on TV, from sitcoms to movies, to commercials, pretty much every woman seen on TV, is thin. Not "thick". And I bet I know why. B/c so many of us have been shamed for not being super model thin, that we don't feel worthy enough to even attempt to audition.

What are we teaching our children?

That if you're not a size 0, you're undesirable?

We need to stop this. We need to stop this body shaming. This ridiculous notion that 'size matters' and determines someones worth.

Listen girls, listen ladies............and this is coming from someone who has suffered with body image issues for years and I'm just now finally one knows what size you wear. NO ONE. No one but you.

And what does it matter what size you wear? It matters naught. 

WE, as women, need to stand up and stop letting the fashion industries belittle us and make us feel fat.

Stop making us feel inferior, unattractive or self conscious and for the love of Pete, don't yell across a store asking where plus sized clothing is!


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