Finding clothes to fit my ample hips, as a man, is a very trying endeavor. I don't know why genetics gave me this issue, or why I grew up undervaluing the importance of having well-developed enough hamstrings to make strengthening my lower body even easier when I'm holder but here we are. I've got an on and off rickety left leg and hips that are much too wide.
But as bad as my clothing woes are, I know they pale in comparison to what women face on a regular basis while shopping for clothes.
A problem that's only compounded by a slew of body image issues perpetuated by media and advertising at large. But this woman discovered that on top of all these body image issues, clothing manufacturers have done something that really mess women up.
And that's a complete lack of size consistency.
Deena Shoemaker wrote about the "bone to pick" she has with designers and clothes manufacturers who decide to constantly change what a size "4" or "12" is, depending on the garment or who made the clothes.
No I'm not selling my pants; I've just got a bone to pick.
I've worked with teen & pre-teen girls as a leader and counselor in various places for the last 6 years. I've listened to countless girls tell me about their new diets and weight loss fads. I've have girls sob in my arms and ask me, "if I were skinnier, would he have stayed?" I've counseled girls who were skipping meals. I've caught some throwing up everything they've just eaten.
But as I was going through my clothes tonight I started to notice how dramatically different the size of all my pants were. And I have a real problem with the fact that my size 5 pants fit me THE EXACT SAME WAY that my size 12 pants do.
She says that the lack of consistency is making people think they're rapidly losing or gaining weight and isn't helping them with their personal body goals.
Let me explain why I'm not happy, America. You photoshop models and actresses and slap them on the front of beauty magazines. At this point it's a pretty universally known truth that you're lying to us and those aren't accurate portrayals of the human body. I can prove it to girls pretty easily by simply showing them how photoshop works.
But when you resize a girl's pants from a 9 to a 16 and label it "plus size," how am I supposed to fight that? Photo manipulation is one thing but how do you expect me to convince her that the number printed inside her clothes is a lie too? How do you expect me to convince her that she doesn't need to skip dinner for the next month because her pant size didn't *actually* go up by seven digits?
STOP telling my girls that a size 4 is the "ideal body size" and the "epitome of beauty" if you're going to change a size 4 into an 8 or a 12 or whatever number you feel like on any given day.
And to you; my dear beautiful girls, my size 2 girls or my size 18 girls, your size doesn't determine your beauty; your life does. The size printed inside your clothes is subjective to the fashion industry's personal taste and it fluctuates rapidly. Stop believing the social normatives about who and what you should be.
You are lovely and you are loved.
Just exactly the way you are.
And people couldn't be happier with her message. Her post has been shared over 73,000 times with more than 3,000 comments.
She makes a good point, should clothing sizes be an industry standard?
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