I’ve been the target of regular body shaming for many years. As a child, I was too fat and too tall. As a teen and adult, I was too fat, too tall, too broad shouldered, and too flat chested. Not appropriately feminine. Add in a strong jawline and a short haircut, and you can imagine the insults leveled at me over the years. Now that I’m not fat any more, I’m too lean and too muscular. My shoulders are still too broad, my jaw still too angular, my hair still too short, my boobs still too small. I’m not a real woman (never mind the two babies I grew in my uterus, delivered through my vagina, and nourished with my breasts). These are not new insults to me. My body has ALWAYS been deemed unacceptable by the system, and by the tools of the system. They are like a broken record.
I suspect most women reading this are nodding their heads, because no matter WHAT your body is shaped like, you’ve been told it’s unacceptable. Am I right?