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Woman Crush: Shutting Down Body Shamers

The 21st century has brought us many wonderful things, from everyday necessities to luxuries we never thought imaginable. One of the ways our life has changed drastically from that of previous generations is the omnipresence and accessibility of social media allowing us insights into the lives of almost anyone on the planet. With the good comes the bad and ugly. With the rise of all the technological advancements, we have seen a rise in ways for people to voice their own insecurities and hatred in very damaging ways. Trolls are people who post negative, insulting and inflammatory statements on public internet forums with the intention of provoking and inciting others.

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We’ve seen a huge rise of body shamers, a particularly sordid brand of trolls that will predominantly prey upon women and female celebrities. They poke fun, comment and highlight negative stereotypes based on the way these women look. It’s understood that putting yourself in the public eye will elicit comments, good and bad; however the way that women are being talked about is becoming increasingly archaic where every image is being considered a free for all in terms of criticism and judgement.

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Ironically, it is the same media that has conditioned us to believe that there is a one size fits all standard of beauty and honestly, that size probably doesn’t fit anyone. We recently heard a This American Life Podcast where comedian Lindy West was viciously trolled because of the way she looked and presented herself to the audience- as a strong, confident, proud, doesn’t look like your average supermodel, woman. At the end of the episode, we hear her confronting her troll who turned out to be a man of her age and admitted to hating on her due to his own insecurities and belief that women should not be this empowered. The troll admitted to feeling threatened and Lindy’s acceptance of her being overweight incited anger inside him.

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Instagram Ariel Winters

Several celebrities have come forward to confront trolls and body shamers on a frequent basis. From teen stars to legendary actresses, it seems no one is safe from the wrath of the troll. The young, Modern Family star Ariel Winters was bullied for a picture she posted of herself in a bikini on holiday with her little nieces. She fought back with an unapologetic message to women everywhere encouraging them to be themselves and not give in to the comments of others.

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In another example of society skewing standards of beauty, Swedish model Agnes Hedengård, released a video sharing her story of being rejected from agencies due to being ‘too big’ while her BMI is the same as that of someone considered underweight.

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Emma Stone commented on how she is skinny shamed (as if it wasn’t tough enough to be a woman!), “I’ve seen a lot of comments that say, ‘Eat a sandwich’ or ‘She looks sick.’ I’ve been looking at myself in the mirror being mean to myself. I’m not sick. I eat sandwiches. I’ve shamed myself for it. We shame each other online. We’re always too skinny or too fat or too tall or too short. It bothers me because I care so much about young girls.”

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We want women to be empowered, to love themselves and be confident regardless of shape, size, colour or cut. The way someone looks is not an open forum for others to voice their opinions. Social media is only going to continue to grow, become more invasive and engaging however voicing your insecurities while bringing others down is not something that should grow alongside this. Like our mothers used to say, if you don’t have anything nice to say- don’t say anything.

 

 

 

 

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