I have a confession.
I am addicted to America’s Next Top Model and the forums on Television Without Pity. I am a lurker over there but I check out the episode recaps and (sometimes) the spoilers.
This week I’ve noticed something that made me cringe and want to slap someone. HARD.
There’s a girl on the show, Whitney, who’s the token “plus size” model (although at a size 10, hardly plus size in the real world). She is amazingly confident and is proud of her body, saggy tits and all. She’s only 20 but I swear, she could teach millions of women how to be proud of who they are. She talks about the challenges she faces and will face as the only ‘bigger’ girl on a show and in an industry where size 0-4 is ideal. Sure, she talks about how ‘skinny girls don’t eat’ and how she’s real. But this is confidence and bravado.
Some of the posters on TWOP claim she’s discriminating and spewing ‘hate speech’ against skinny girls and that skinny girls are suffering in this world. To this I call BULLSHIT. Skinny people do NOT suffer at all. 90% of women who are a size 0 are not like that naturally. Sure, there are a few out there, but really, if naturally thin includes denying yourself food and exercising insanely, then okay, you’re ‘naturally’ thin. MOST people work for it in some way and perhaps it becomes a way of life and they don’t notice it anymore.
But I call BULLSHIT on the hate speech and discrimination. While skinny bitches are idealised as the perfect body, there is no discrimination. While clothes are designed for beanpoles, there is no discrimination. While there are reality TV shows about how to make yourself perfect – skinny included – there is no discrimination.
I’m not going to even go into the snark that goes on about Whitney’s body on those forums. Ugh. Talk about girl-on-girl crime. These are girls who hate their bodies and themselves so they snark on someone who is confident and body-happy. I know who I’d rather be.