What are “real women” anyway?


Alright, I’m stepping on a soapbox tonight. My Facebook feeds are usually filled with affirming, encouraging, uplifting articles (okay, usually might be a bit of a stretch, but I really do try to surround myself with positive stuff). And let me preface this by saying that I am ALL about people being comfortable in their skin. Whether you’re a size 2 or a size 22. If you feel good about yourself, great. You do you. My big qualm with body acceptance and what’s written about it? The word REAL. I wish I could just erase the word from any conversation about body image because it’s really absurd. Let’s use diverse, interesting, unique, but for the love of anything holy, stop preaching that curvy women are the right or real body type. And it’s hard to say this because I want women of every shape and size to be proud and confident in their skin, but stop doing it by degrading the “socially ideal” body type. They’re still real women, with real body image issues, with insecurities.

By constantly reinforcing this ridiculous notion of what constitutes a “real” body, it is negating the other side of the coin. Essentially we are sending the message that the only way to be real and accepted is to be a thick, curvy girl, which is kind of a contradiction to the intended purpose. So, let’s stop attacking Victoria’s Secret models and start focusing on encouraging, loving, and accepting the skin that we are all in. We are all real, we are all lovely, we are all valuable.

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