IDK, from lurking in r/FatPeopleStories
(dedicated to stories with fat people) I've noticed it's extremely easy to slip from telling a story to passing
judgement - often in a very mean and cruel way, like exaggerating to the point of hyperbole ("the earth quaked when
the behemoth came towards me") or making nasty comments towards fat people who are clearly doing their best to not
be fat anymore (e.g. working out in the gym). Thankfully, most stories aren't like that.
I was reminded of that subreddit because a lot of stories on there feature chubby or overweight women who consider
regular (i.e. healthy*)-sized women "anorexic" and skinny-shame them ("go eat a sandwich!" or one I
heard more recently: "you wouldn't be skinny if you didn't want guys chasing after you, quit whining!"). Now
there's no reason to believe all those stories are actually true - it's the internet after all, who's going to check? -
but it really says something when stories are written to mesh to a specific attitude - in this case, skinny-shaming is
almost expected whenever a larger woman interacts with a healthy-sized one.
As for what I think, skinny-shaming can be just as damaging as fat-shaming. Commenting negatively about someone's weight
when you don't know their circumstances can be incredibly hurtful, especially if the victim is struggling with body
image issues. Just because someone is skinny, it doesn't mean they necessarily want to be like that - hell, they might
be trying to put on weight, as unbelievable as it may seem to others, since losing weight is promoted much more openly
than gaining weight.
@Redwyn: well, go go go! :o Tell us what you think!
* note that I'm referring to "healthy" in the clinical sense.