Yesterday, I saw that Cassey from Blogilates wrote a post to her readers after several of them wrote negative comments regarding her choice of models for her new fitness line. She is launching her own fitness apparel line, BodyPop, and posted a picture of the 2 models who were doing a photo shoot for her. Readers commented that they were upset she didn’t use “real women,” so she addressed this in her post, “What does a real woman look like anyway?”
I’d like to know that as well. I think that as more and more people have started getting fit and healthy, there has been more body shaming going both ways. This was the reason behind one of my posts about “Strong is the new skinny.” Typically, when we think of body shaming, we think of people insulting or judging those who may be curvier or a bit overweight. But I think Cassey has a point here. How is not bashing these two girls and saying they’re not “real women,” also not body shaming? Such as the phrase, “real women have curves?”
Why is it that because they are fit or skinny they aren’t real women? My sister, for example, is naturally slender. She works out regularly too, and is just naturally tall and thin. I’m sure she would be upset if she read a comment saying she’s not a real woman.
Cassey made a point about the obesity problem in the US, saying that the average dress size 50 years ago was a size 4, and now it’s a size 14. Then she said:
Now that we’ve established that the average person has gotten bigger and heavier throughout the years (due to lack of movement, the increase of fast food, larger portion sizes etc.), we can talk on a level playing field. Are you mad that I didn’t choose to showcase models that represent our “average US woman” which really is a huge red flag that something needs to be done here? Today over 30% of the world is overweight or obese.
I think I’ve written about this in the past before too. The US has an obesity problem, yet it seems people are afraid to point that out to others. I understand that there are many people with medical conditions, but there are many who don’t have medical conditions are are obese due to not exercising, not eating right, and more. Why is it that we say women should have curves and what not, when this isn’t necessarily healthy in some cases?
Like I said, I understand looks aren’t everything. Just because you’re overweight doesn’t mean your unhealthy and just because your thin doesn’t mean you’re healthy. But sometimes it seems like we almost praise being overweight. We are okay with it and complacent with it. “Women should have curves so it’s okay.” It that really a healthy mentality?
I saw a lot of different comments on this post. Many agreed with Cassey, and also claimed that since it’s a fitness apparel line, why wouldn’t she use fitness models? Many also said that using fitness models is good for motivation. I mean, I know I’m motivated when I do a workout video and see all those lean women! A few others were still disappointed, such as this comment:
I’m not disappointed because I don’t like thin and tall women modeling at all. I’m disappointed because I was expecting something different. Having followed your blog for a long time and reading how you are equally against unrealistic body expectations set by media and unhealthy habits being overlooked, I was expecting you to use not-the-typical-model-type-of-body for your line. And wanting that doesn’t mean I was expecting to see an obese/underweight/unhealthy woman as it’s obvious that as a fitness line you want to use fit healthy models.
I guess the point of this post was to ask, really, what is a real woman? Why is that even a phrase/terminology?
What are your thoughts on this issue?
Do you think we, as a nation, are too lax on obesity issues?
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