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