Okay I know this will probably fall on deaf ears, or even worse judgmental ears but I feel that someone has to say it.
When TV, magazines and runways started to promote and rejoice in the fuller figure woman it was a giant leap forward in the right direction. Runway models were well known to suffer from numerous eating disorders to remain a size 0, parading the runway with bones sticking out everywhere. This was the standard of beauty us women were held up against.
It was unreasonable, unfair and unhealthy!
Over time though I feel that this leap forward has suddenly stopped in mid air and moon walked back in time.
With phrases like "real women have curves" or this term "thick" being thrown around all nilly willy I feel that women are being encouraged to neglect their bodies. I was looking at an article on Cosmo online about sexy celeb bikini bods. Pictures of slim Rihanna, Kylie and Kendall Jenner and Heidi Khlum graced the metaphorical pages, along side more curvacious women like Kourtney Kardashian and Beyonce. I felt it was a beautiful mixture of body types expressing different types of "sexy"
As I scrolled to the comments section (something one should never do, on any website if they wish to preserve their sanity) many people (shockingly mostly women) commented that it was disgusting to see such skinny women all over the media, bones jutting out everywhere, flesh hanging off their bones.
I as a naturally slim woman who tries to keep fit was terribly offended and was a bout to post a heated comment but saw a miss Aubrey Dodd had beat me too it. I quote:
"As a naturally thin woman - and also a woman who works her ass off in the gym to be tight and fit - these comments disgust me. "Curvy" doesn't have to do with thick or thin, it refers to the shape of your waist. And let me tell you most of these women have gorgeous curves not to mention that the ones who have a more straight up and down body type look amazing too! None of them look emaciated or even close.
This bullshit about "real women having curves" was nice at first but it's getting out of hand so let me make something clear: "real women" have vaginas. And they empower each other instead of tearing each other down."
That pretty much sums it up for me. I fear women are using the terms "curvy" and "thick" too loosely as an excuse not to look after themselves. All you have to do is look at social networking sites to see this.
It is important not just for aesthetic reasons to eat healthy and exercise. It lowers risks of diabetes, heart disease and many other health issues. It also keeps you feeling good, gives you energy to survive your work days (theory does not apply to Mondays) and play with your kids. As well as helping you age well.
I'm not saying skinny is the be all end all. I think curvacious women are beautiful! I'm just saying we shouldn't let the world's new and improved attitude towards curves turn into an excuse for women to neglect their bodies.
Long live the healthy woman! Not the "thick" women or the "skinny" women. The HEALTHY woman. and like Aubrey said, as a woman strive to empower and support your fellow women not break them down.
Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.