Why is it that the larger sized people get so much more media attention? Size acceptance websites tend to skew more to the plus than to the petite, and they seem to be very negative (not sure if it’s intentional or not) towares people who are really size zero.
I think that this can definitely be true, and was interested in listening to her thoughts on being more inclusive. Then while watching her video, this caught my ear:
There are tons of people in Hollywood who are my size. Tons of people in the music industry who are my size.
She goes on to complain that they don’t advocate for petites, but unfortunately, no fat person can say “there are tons of people in Hollywood who are my size.” When it comes to fat women, there are a mere handful. When we do see someone of our size, more often than not, they end up losing weight. (Our conversation about Sara Rue and Oprah comes to mind.) And that, I think, is my answer to Cynthia’s question.
Lots more responses in the comments:
My guess is that it’s because petite people don’t go through life having complete strangers call them disgusting, insult them in restaurants, or tell them that their bodies are disgusting. All of those fat positive videos and websites you mention, if they allow open comments, are flooded with comments accusing the fat-positive people of being disgusting, hateful, lazy, even evil. Fat people encounter that every day. It’s true that short people also encounter certain size prejudices, and the fashion industry only caters to a small size range, and that’s problematic and should get fixed. But the problem of fat-positivity is not an issue of fashion or shopping. It’s an issue of hate.
I definitely think that size acceptance should be broad enough to include small people. I try very hard to rid my speech of negative talk about smaller people that sometimes creeps up in forums where people are praising people of size (i.e. referring to smaller/thinner people as “a sack of bones” or things like saying “real” women have curves, etc.). I also consciously choose to use the terms “size acceptance” and “size-positivity” rather than “fat acceptance” because I want to be inclusive.
I have seen small, cute coworkers consistently ignored, have their intellectual and professional contributions diminished, while their male coworkers believed they were treating them well by flattering them for their looks instead of their intelligence and professional skills.
I was trying to figure out how to work in a reference to Angela Kinsey (quite petite) and Phyllis Smith (woman of size) both of whom are on the delightfully inclusive series, you may have heard of it, The Office. But check it out. Aren’t they all gorgeous? My point, obviously, being… um… that show rules. And also, we love short people.
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