Body Shaming others???
You’re ‘Big-Boned’, ‘you’re growing like ginger’, ‘hey! Chopstick’; these are just a few terms to refer our peer group nowadays, especially the ones who don’t fit in the norm created by society. It has become a norm to be capable enough to allure other humans with perfection. But have we ever thought about if things can get too far? And how it can affect someone mentally and physically. Don’t you think it’s high time we should take a stand and fight against the odds of gratifying others around and look at one of the most salient aspects of leading a comfortable life?
How it turns out?
While researching this topic, I came across an ad campaign for a gym. It was in the form of a billboard advertisement. This particular advert used an image of an alien with a spaceship in the background. The message displayed on the billboard read as “THEY ARE COMING AND WHEN THEY ARRIVE, THEY WILL TAKE THE FAT ONES FIRST!”
Bewildered, agitated, horrified & completely shell-shocked. Yes, I felt all these synonyms of “SHOCKED BEYOND WORDS.”
This is one notorious example of Body-Shaming! There are many!!!
What affects whom?
Body Shaming is humiliating with often painful long-term consequences. This social stigma is one of the biggest problems for all genders. Although women are more susceptible to this form of torment. Again the question arises, why so? And the answer which sails my mind is, ‘Because a woman’s body is subjected to constant social commentary’. The general definition of Body-Shaming is to criticise others or be a victim of the same criticism because of some aspect of physical appearance. It is a callous cycle of judgment, self-loathing and unspoken agony.
Do the terms ‘Perfect Body’ & ‘Summer Body’ really exist?
Well for that matter, the glamour world does put the spotlight on size 0’s (that doesn’t mean size 0 girls aren’t the victims of body shaming).
Trust me when I say that there is no such thing as a ‘perfect body or summer body’. They are mere illusions just to satisfy human fantasies.
Media does play a great role in accelerating body-shaming behaviour. Every day the lifestyle section of a newspaper/magazine or website offers articles as such, “How to lose weight in 7 days?”, “This celebrity got abs in just 10 days” etc. etc. (And trust me we’re also part of those platforms! because this is what the audience wants to consume)… Sitcoms prefer to use fat people as a source of humour.
Not to mention that every one of us unapologetically is an audience to such forms of entertainment. But again the question arises, Why So? Why do we want to perfect in the world full of imperfections?
Body Shaming manifests in many ways, At times completely brazen and at other times very subtle!
* I’m so ugly as compared to my best friend. Look at my thunder thighs!
* Hit the gym or else you’re never going to find a date.
* This outfit doesn’t “flatter” your built! Why don’t you try something else?
Social media platforms have gone over the top by producing applications to judge your body shape (without even knowing who you are and how you look). ‘Pear-shaped’ or ‘hourglass’, ‘muffin top’ or ‘candy stick…Please tell me just one thing, is it a human body or a food item?
This is nothing but a shameful act of obnoxious body shaming!
Why are we shaming ourselves for being human? Why don’t we turn body-shaming into body acceptance?
Stop using phrases such as ‘Real women have curves’, ‘That person needs to eat’, ‘Bulky is the new sexy’ etc. etc. By these, we are definitely trying to make ourselves feel good about oneself ‘superficially’ but deep down inside you are depressed. It is indeed evidently necessary to keep yourself healthy and fit. A safe and sound body is the gateway to longevity but not at the cost of losing your mind over human flaws. Also, it’s not okay to shame and bully people on account of their outer appearance. Body acceptance can be achieved only if we can wholeheartedly accept every individual of varied shape, size, and colour. Even the illusionary figure of perfect & ideal bodies gets critiqued by “someone”, so where’s the truth in all of these???
A safe and sound body is the gateway to longevity but not at the cost of losing your mind over human flaws. Also, it’s not okay to shame and bully people on account of their outer appearance. Body acceptance can be achieved only if we can wholeheartedly accept every individual of varied shape, size, and colour. Even the illusionary figure of perfect & ideal bodies gets critiqued by “someone”, so where’s the truth in all of these??
Love yourself for who you are! Love others for who they are!
Extreme diet plan and pushing yourself beyond your limits to achieve something that is blatantly temporary is not what life is all about. Life is not about thigh gaps, post-pregnancy weight loss or cheekbones either…life is about embracing your body flaws and imperfections( however cliché it may sound).
Everybody is beautiful in their own special way! The world will be a much better place to live in if all of us abide by this theory of life.