I haven’t been thin since high school. This is due to the fact that once I graduated, I became responsible for my own health and wellness, and had no idea what that really meant. In fact, there are days where I still don’t know what that means.
Loving myself is a daily battle. I look in the mirror, and barely recognize the person staring back at me. It doesn’t help that whenever I go online or turn on the TV, there are ads asking me how my “beach body” is coming along.
There are lots of media outlets that promote size inclusivity, loving yourself at any size, etc. But you know what bugs me? The fact that on so many shopping sites (Old Navy, Forever 21, and ModCloth to name a few), there’s a separate tab for “plus size”.
If we’re all beautiful at any size, why are we being put in a separate category? Why is this dividing line being drawn? And more than that, it’s always “Women’s Plus Size”…I have yet to see a Men’s Plus Size category on the sites I frequent. I feel such shame when I have to click plus size – as though I’m a different species who needs their own shopping category.
I understand that it’s easier if we put all the stuff for fat people over here, but if we’re truly trying to promote a culture of inclusivity, self-love, and self-respect, then why are we actively trying to separate ourselves from one another? Just something to think about before you use “plus size” to describe yourself or someone else. You’re you-sized – and that’s beautiful.