The Body Shaming Of Skinny Women Is Not Okay!
“She looks like she needs to eat a burger,” seems to be the universal body shaming phrase used against all skinny women. Sometimes it’s said directly to their face and other times it’s whispered as they walk past. If it’s a celebrity who has a skinny frame then she is definitely up for public scrutiny, no holds barred! She will be trolled, abused and body shamed simply for the way she looks.
One celebrity who is constantly judged for her appearance is Rebecca Judd. While I don’t claim to know much about her other than the fact she’s married to a footballer, is occasionally on TV and has just had twins, I do know that she is scrutinised constantly for her weight.
I remember taking a particular interest when she announced she was pregnant with twins as I was curious to see how she would cope throughout her pregnancy. I had twins many years ago so I could relate in a small way.
What I saw from her social media posts was a woman who ate well, worked out and looked amazing for it. In fact she shared one photo from the back (see below) that didn’t even resemble a pregnant woman. And that’s when the hate police attacked. Comments like: why is she so skinny- someone give her some food- that’s dangerous for her babies- why is she exercising so much- were prevalent on her Instagram account pretty much through her whole pregnancy.
Of course these comments say more about the person writing them than Judd herself. They come from women who feel shit about their bodies and wished they had the motivation to change the way they look. And please don’t get on your high horse and tell me Judd has a responsibility to pregnant women to make them feel good about their bodies. She does not! Her responsibility is to herself and her family.
Why is it okay to body shame skinny women and not overweight ones? Why is it socially acceptable to comment on a skinny woman’s weight without a second thought? Is it because you consider it to be a compliment? No-one has ever once commented on my weight saying they were ‘worried about me’ because I’d put on a few kilos. But as soon as some weight comes off they are the first to look concerned and say ‘you’re looking really skinny, are you okay?’
It’s the same with these key board warriors that hide behind their screens spewing vitriol with their disgusting comments. The same ones who celebrate ‘real’ women for accepting their curves yet don’t have the same tolerance for skinny ones.
And what is it with the term ‘real women?’ Are skinny ones fake? Are they robots? What about stores that advertise ‘clothes for the real woman’ as opposed to clothes for that alien posing as a human. Give me a break! I’ll tell you what a real woman is – any woman. Plain and simple. It has nothing to do with her weight, shape or hair colour!
This is such a typical woman hating thing – are there any slogans out there that advertise shirts for the ‘real man?’ Or how about gyms for the ‘real gentleman?’ Are there billboards with beer bellied men claiming they love their ‘real bodies?’ No! Because every body is real!
Judd was recently out filming a segment for Postcards when a group of 60 year old women noticed her and hung around to watch. When a plate of food was placed in front of the model for the scene they instantly turned to each other and said, “As if she’s going to eat that!”
Judd didn’t end up eating it as they had to reshoot the scene and in a tone of satisfaction the woman watching said, “Typical, told you she wouldn’t eat it!”
The mum of four spoke about the incident during a radio interview where she asked the question – “When do women stop being trolls?”
When indeed Rebecca? Clearly not when you’ve reached the age of 60 judging by these moronic women. Would these same women have commented if Adele had a plate of food placed in front of her? Probably not. And why should they?
Judd has always had to defend her weight and she summed up the double standard perfectly on her blog when she said, “Some people are naturally thin, some people are naturally bigger, some people are more athletic in tone, some people have minimal tone. We are all different and we are all NORMAL.”