Fuck Yeah Skinny Chicks

I think this really needs to be said.

Posted in Anorexia by Luxe on August 18, 2010

I’ve seen this everywhere, including on a lot of fat/body positive blogs. This, in my opinion, is more rampant than the shaming of skinny women and might even equal the shaming of fat women. It’s a bit tied in with skinny shaming though:

THE SHAMING OF ANOREXIC WOMEN.

Can we please stop?

Don’t call yourself body positive and then snark and about how ugly skin and bones are. It’s all very well if you include a disclaimer that you don’t mean naturally skinny women… So then who do you mean? Women with a legitimate mental disorder who desperately need help and acceptance rather than shaming?

Seriously, it’s very hypocritical. Let’s all stop making disparaging comments about anorexic women.

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  1. demeter said, on August 19, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    Thank you! As an anorexic in remission, I hated being all skin and bones and that was made worse by the media and not-so-helpful comments such as “Eat.”

    The shaming made me more reluctant to get help. I did, but to this day, a very healthy me still cringes when I hear these sorts of comments.

  2. Terria said, on August 19, 2010 at 6:12 PM

    I never really understood what reviling the bodies of anorexic women was supposed to accomplish anyway. Body shaming is not the way to reach out to people with this illness. What’s more is that once one starts talking about how revolting ‘skin and bones’ are, he or she starts down a slippery slope that can end in language that denigrates all thin women, equating all of them with those with eating disorders.

    I had a friend who struggled with an eating disorder, and when she overcame it, she was still a petite but much healthier-looking girl. However, it continues to be a struggle for her to accept her body, because of this kind of body shaming that continues in even some well-intentioned resources for body acceptance.

    You are pretty brave to bring up this issue on your blog. Keep up the good work.

    • Luxe said, on August 20, 2010 at 10:30 AM

      Oooh didn’t think that I’d be brave for this! Thank you.

  3. Brittany said, on August 20, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    As a plus size woman, I couldn’t agree with you more. The path to body love and acceptance isn’t gained by convincing yourself to be repulsed by those who look different from you.

    Women of all sizes, shapes, and CONDITIONS are beautiful. If we were to all look the same, beauty wouldn’t even be a concept.

  4. Kidan said, on August 20, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    I totally agree! It’s isn’t fair and it’s just as cruel. No one is better than anyone else because of how they look, the kind of body they have or don’t have.
    I too am sick of it. “Real women have curves.” is not only not (necessarily) true but degrading, just as degrading as some larger (any larger) is less of a person or less of a woman or not as worthy.
    I’ve noticed this a lot too with larger women trying to reclaim their confidence and thats ok what’s not ok is treating someone or saying mean things and trying to lessen someone’s worth because they aren’t like you.
    A size 0 is just as ok as a 24 or a 4 or a 12 or a 16 or a 6.
    All women are beautiful. All shades all sizes.

  5. Frances said, on September 9, 2010 at 1:28 AM

    Absolutely. I, and the fat acceptance activists I surround myself with, certainly call people out when we see this. Body shaming in all its forms is terrible, but it’s body shaming someone with an illness like anorexia is on a whole other level of bullshit.


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