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Here’s some good news; it seems like society has finally accepted that big is beautiful. Body positivity is becoming more global, and those with curves are becoming more confident and comfortable in their skin. But here’s some bad news; with this new outlook, slimmer figures are getting scrutinized. This new trend of “skinny shaming” has made its way all around social media, the music industry and Hollywood in general.
Skinny Shaming basically means looking down on individuals with a slimmer physique, whether it be natural or through diet and exercise. Many comments about being a plastic Barbie doll, eating disorders and downright rude comments have been lashed out at the slim community. Being thin is not necessarily a bad thing if it is natural; eating disorders on the other hand is a completely different subject entirely. Calling a thin person anorexic who is not is nothing to be laughed at; eating disorder jokes are not okay and people all over the world struggle with food on a daily basis.
The most recent jab towards the slender has come from the music industry with the songs Anaconda by Nicki Minaj and All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor. Both of these songs include lyrics clearly directed towards the thin, even though some consider Minaj and Trainor to be part of the thin community. Minaj and Trainor have stated before that they consider themselves to be on the curvier side, and fans agree.
Anaconda includes lyrics such as, by the way, what he say? He can tell I ain’t missin’ no meals and my anaconda don’t want none unless you got buns hun which is sampled from Sir Mix-A-Lot’s I Like Big Butts. Some interpretations of these lyrics are that men aren’t interested in women who do not have a significant sized derriere. Most skinny girls lack a behind, and this song makes it sound like their sex appeal is lessened by that.
Here are some lyrics from All About That Bass; yeah it’s pretty clear I ain’t no size two, ‘cause I got that boom boom all the boys chase and all the junk in all the right places, and I’m bringing booty back, go ahead and tell all them skinny bitches that and you know I won’t be a stick figure silicone Barbie doll. That is just a sample of an entire song that targets and discriminates the slim community.
Sara Clements, a student at Grant MacEwan University who is naturally thin, says that she struggles with weight gain. “My family always tells me to eat, even though I do. I am just naturally thin; I’ve tried to gain weight. People tell me there is no reason for me to be self-conscious about my weight because I am thin and have a thigh gap. But I am still not comfortable with my weight even though most people think I should be.”
Shouldn’t we all just support all different body types rather than turning against one another? Shaming of any kind needs to be put to an end, there shouldn’t be competition as to which size is the most attractive, or who will find love first. Everyone needs to learn to love their bodies, without double standards or discriminating those who are not like them.