by Tatiana Welka '17
Is there really a way to end body shaming in 2016? Over the years as technology has been on the rise, there has been a greater focus on body shaming because of social media. If a model posts a picture in a bikini, there are always people who will comment negatively.
For example, plus size models have recently been given attention because they are considered new. In the past, plus size models were not on the cover of magazines. Now since they are, younger children don’t have to believe that being skinny is a goal and being fat is something to avoid. It opens their minds to acceptance.
Clothing stores such as Urban Outfitters, Calvin Klein, Abercrombie, Hollister, and many more are all known for their small sizes and do not even contain a plus size category. People find this very offensive. Even small models are called out for looking “anorexic”, “too skinny”, and “having no boobs”. This is why body acceptance is very rare to find. People are constantly brought down because there is always someone who will always be jealous and have nothing good to say.
Body shaming could lead to a lawsuit believe it or not in a workplace. For parents, it is important to monitor your children’s activity on the internet and social media. Children can be guilty of cyber-bullying others or are a victim themselves. Other bullying, as well as body shaming, can create negative self images. This can lead to depression, self-mutilation, low confidence, anger, etc.
There will always be at least one person in the world who will have negative things to say, but in the meantime, there are ways you can avoid people who do so. Luckily on social media, we have the ability to block, report, or even ignore someone. This can do a big thing and go a long way. Body shaming, defined as shaming someone for their body type, is something that will never not exist unfortunately. It’s like saying that racism can be stopped.