I suddenly stopped in my tracks. A massive neon sign blinked above its curvy mannequin display. "NO SKINNY." I couldn't believe it! No skinny? As in, no thin people allowed? Two things went through my mind:
1: What a crappy store name.
2: That's a dreadful way to make a point.
I was immediately recalled to my middle school years, where girls would ridicule and ostracize others to feel better about themselves. We all know how that logic turns out.
When I got home, I Googled the NoSkinny website, hoping to find more positivity than their name suggests. Alas! Here's the home page text that I copied and pasted with no editing whatsoever:
"We Provide A Unique Social Shopping Experience For Bigger Teens Unlike Any Other In The Mall That Makes Bigger Girls The Envy* Of Their Skinny Peers."
Wow. Not only does the company blacklist thin women, they want them to feel discontented and resentful. Um, you go girl? I don't know about you, but this upsets me. In the company's so-called efforts to make plus-sized women feel accepted, they've become sizeist.
There are only a few NoSkinny stores in Oregon, but the mentality is universal. In the commendable efforts to spread 'fat acceptance,' many women below a size six are left out in the cold. Women are angry at Crystal Renn for (healthily) losing weight. Women tell their skinny friend to 'eat a cheeseburger' accompanied by an eye-roll. After all, the skinny girls should be lightly punished and taunted for their pathetic lack of love-handles.
I'm not going to say anything new or groundbreaking, as others before me have said it so well. You are beautiful. Size 0, size twenty-two. Black or white. Brown or yellow. Curly or straight. Oily or dry. Full lips or thin. I hope that someday I will live in a world where we not only accept each other's physical differences, we embrace them.