This article examines the discrimination people receive, regardless of body type.
It is unacceptable for one category of people to discriminate against another; especially, for the purpose of revenge. When people of one size drag down those of another, it’s a mirror of what they themselves have experienced. People should come together in support of one another. These days, we are only fueling ways to divide society by taking sides. Just as one racial group is no better than another, one body type is no better than another. The only solution is to acknowledge the discrimination coming from both sides and work together for peace.
Keira Knightley is no stranger to weight-bashing in the media. Rumors of anorexia have followed her for years. She has been a naturally thin person all her entire life. For Keira, body dysmorphia is no laughing matter. In response to suggestions of anorexia, she used the opportunity to do some good by speaking out for her own family members suffering from eating disorders. As it turns out, she has friends and family members combating the disorder, including her grandmother and great-grandmother:
“I’ve got a lot of experience with anorexia. It was in my family. My grandmother, and my great-grandmother suffered from it and I had a lot of friends at school who suffer from it so I don’t think it’s anything to be taken lightly.”
In 2005, Keira starred as the lead in the film Domino, loosely based on the real life bounty hunter Domino Harvey. One scene stands out as something Keira could relate to. Domino is hazed at a sorority house for having a small chest. It’s a known fact that this is how bodies naturally are; thin women are likely to have small chests, but society prefers a tiny waist with large breasts.
Gabourey “Gabby” Sidibe received plenty of negativity in response to her body when she first became successful, as it too lacked the societal expectation; nonetheless, her confidence is never ceasing. In 2014, she faced discrimination over the photos taken at The Golden Globes. Thinking that Gabby would be heartbroken, people were disappointed when she chose to respond with sarcasm on Twitter. She even mocked their assumptions that she would break down and cry. She shows how self-esteem and humor make the best revenge:
“To people making mean comments about my GG pics, I mos def cried about it on that private jet on my way to my dream job last night. #JK“
Gabby’s breakthrough role was in the 2009 film Precious. She plays the lead, whose perseverance and self-assurance is tested, constantly. No matter what her mother puts her through, Precious strives for a better life for herself and her child. In 2017, Gabby’s life took some impressive turns for the better. Following a scary diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, she had laparoscopic bariatric surgery for weight loss, which has been helping her ever since. Also, she released a book entitled This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare. She is a fighter.
Both of these women are to be appreciated and applauded for their courage to stand up to oppressive societal pressures.
My Thoughts Will Probably Offend You
One of my new favorite YouTubers is also a personal trainer. She managed to go from being an overweight binge-eater to fit and confident. Michelle McDaniel aka My Thoughts Will Probably Offend You is worth a watch, if you are looking for some sense in the chaos of this ongoing battle of madness over big verses small. Michelle is informative, inspirational and down right hilarious. She speaks without a filter and uses her own experience as a former overweight person.
“It’s just like when someone says, ‘Oh, this weight is not healthy.’ To you guys, that translates to ‘Just put a bag over her head.’ No one said that.”
Unlike Keira and Gabby, today Michelle is neither skinny nor overweight; however, she still receives hate from men because of her body. Michelle’s love of weight-training intimidates some people who use their precious time and energy to tell her that she “Looks like a man.” Thus, she is one of countless examples that could be given that regardless of your body, someone is going to complain.
If you, the reader, have selected this article out of a personal need for inspiration to stop listening to the outside world’s negative opinions, but you remain unconvinced by my words, hopefully my closing will be the answer.
I am a longtime fan of TLC and will remain one until I die. FanMail is my favorite album of theirs. The track “Unpretty” has made me cry happy tears more times than I can remember. I’m pleased that it became a single, so that more people would hear it. It is a song to empower anyone of any size and situation, telling them that regardless of what lengths they go to perfect their exterior, it’s what’s inside that matters:
“You can buy your hair if it won’t grow
You can fix your nose if he says so
You can buy all the make up that M.A.C. can make
But if you can’t look inside you
Find out who am I too
Be in the position to make me feel so
(Yeah) I’ll make you feel unpretty too”
Note: This is a revised version of the original which was published by the same author on HubPages in 2014.