Benjamin Ashton Cooper was helping his girlfriend clean out her closet when she noticed something strange with all the clothes she was throwing out. He noticed that they were labeled "extra large," but they fit him well.
Cooper, who's a pretty skinny guy and wears a men's medium and sometimes a small, decided to turn to Facebook to voice his displeasure.
In a caption accompanying the photo, he writes:
So I'm helping my girlfriend clean out her closet (literally, shut up), and I noticed that a lot of what she was getting rid of was of the XL size. That didn't look right to me, and here's why:
They fit me. I don't say that to be silly or ironic.It pisses me off.I am not an extra large man, and, more importantly, a woman my size is NOT an extra large woman. This bullshit right here is why we have 8 year olds with eating disorders. This shit right here is why men shout "fucking fat hog!" at even nominally curvy girls on the street. This is why men who think sexism is a "myth" perpetuated by liberal pussies are Full. Of. Shit.Fuck body shaming.
Cooper attracted a fair amount of support in the comments of the post, which has been shared over 250,000 times.
And Cooper seems to be correct. The Washington Post recently illustrated the absurdity:
Here are some numbers that illustrate the insanity of women's clothing sizes: A size 8 dress today is nearly the equivalent of a size 16 dress in 1958. And a size 8 dress of 1958 doesn't even have a modern-day equivalent — the waist and bust measurements of a 'Mad Men'-era 8 come in smaller than today's size 00.