Okay, I need to
discuss rant about something that’s really bothering me lately.
It’s wonderful that there continues to be an increase of diversity in books, whether it’s ethnicity, sexuality, mental disorders, etc. I’m also extremely happy that body image is being tackled more often, especially in YA. We’re seeing more young woman who are on the bigger, curvier side, and that’s fantastic! Young women need more diverse body shapes they can identify with shown in a positive way.
The thing is … I drives me mad when authors feel the need to put down other body types when talking about their bigger characters. I get that they’re trying to show heavier characters in a positive way, but why put down thin girls and woman in the process? Especially when they attribute the “a real woman is” or “a real woman has” label to certain body types. I cringe when I see this in general, but even more so when it’s in YA books.
Here’s an idea, don’t shame and make certain girls feel less than, period. Stop fucking comparing and making one better than the other. It becomes counterproductive on the whole positive body image message. Authors, you can easily talk positively about a characters weight and body type without shitting on others.
Bigger isn’t better. Skinny isn’t better. A persons size doesn’t make them a ‘real woman’, so knock that shit off.