We Still Like Fat Shaming

We’ve done a lot to try and be accepting of every one, regardless of religion, size, shape, creeds, beliefs, blogs, or book choice.

Not quite and not really, and nowhere is it more apparent than with size shaming.

Size shaming, or fat shaming or body shaming, is mocking or deriding people because of what they weigh or how their body looks. For some people, that’s not something they can control. For other people it’s become a habit and a way of life that’s almost uncontrollable. A study shows that fat-shaming leads to… you guessed it, weight gain. That’s because those people getting shamed have already developed a reaction to eating when things aren’t going well. So, they get shamed for being fat, and they eat their comfort foods, which are rarely healthy or good.

Size acceptance has gone a long way, though. We’ve got advocates, such as Size Acceptance, Body Positive, and medical studies that show that health and weight aren’t connected.

So, how are we still not getting over the shaming hurdle? We still have a mindset that only accepts certain sizes.

The point was driven home when I was admiring the fanart of the book series Megan and I are thoroughly enjoying. Marissa Meyer has reinvented the classic faerie tales in The Lunar Chronicles and it has been beautifully presented with cyborgs, genetically modified soldiers, and androids with a wish to be beautiful.

One of the most striking characters in the series is Scarlet Benoit, a vegetable delivery girl from her farm in France. She gets ripped from her calm farm life by a street fighter named Wolf, who

*Spoiler Alert* is actually one of Queen Levana’s genetically modified soldiers who had a mission to find the Lunar Princess /*Spoiler Alert*

isn’t what he appears.

Scarlet is very surprised that he develops feelings for her. He’s all muscles, scars, and fights, while she’s all:

cute outfit - flirty and fun for the curvy girl!! (Imagine red, curly hair and a red
This is how she’s described in the book. There are regular references throughout Scarlet and Cress to how Scarlet isn’t the stereotype. Marissa Meyer describes her thusly:

SCARLET BENOIT

Birth date/place: Rieux, France, European Federation, 17 August 108 T.E., Leo

Age: 18

Race: Caucasian

Eye color: big brown eyes

Hair color/style: curly/unruly ginger-red hair to mid-back

Build: 5’6”, curvy

Style of dress: jeans and a red hoodie that her grandma gave her, clashes with her hair which is part of the reason why she likes it.

Characteristics: full lips, lots of freckles

Mannerisms: tries to make herself look bigger/stronger with folded arms, wide-leg stances, etc. Frank and abrupt, has a tendency to act first and think later.

It’s something that I’ve admired about Marissa Meyer that she’s not sticking with the prototype for a heroine. So, I’m trolling through fan art for the series, and this is all I’m seeing:
Scarlet5 Scarlet4 Scarlet 3 Scarlet2
And there it all went. An opportunity to truly accept size, and we turn it into another copy/paste model. We the fans did this, not some corporation trying to push cosmetics or weight loss or clothing that isn’t made for all people.
This, as a guy, is frustrating. Not because I’m one of “those guys” who like a girl “with a little meat on her bones” or is rocking the “chubby girls cuddle better” shirts. That’s still saying that one body type is better than another and size acceptance isn’t about playing favorites.
Besides, having a woman to love isn’t about finding the right cut of meat. They’re people, too.
What I am saying is that we still have mental conditioning that needs changing, more than some external thing we can solve with websites and t-shirts. I hope that when the Scarlet movie comes out (because it will) that they find the right actress to play the role, and not merely find someone who fits the neurotypical stigma of beauty.
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