VO5 Summer of Love Series: Body Shaming
As the VO5 series continues, this weeks theme is all about body image and in particular I wanted to explore the issue of body shaming.
I believe that this is a topic that effects absolutely everyone, no matter on your shape, weight, height, colour orrr the size of your big toe. People always seem to have something to say about someone and unfortunately many of these people experience the highly unnecessary, burning desire to voice their negative opinions to the person it concerns.
As highlighted in The Mix’s article, ‘How to handle body shaming’, body shaming not only comes from internet trolls and strangers in the street but can also come from those closest to you such as: friends, family and partners, people you would expect to make you feel good.
After reading the article I realised that in fact I too have been a victim of body shaming, often being called ‘too tall’ and ‘lanky’ by friends, usually in a jokey way (especially in secondary school). At the time I was able to laugh it off, however looking back I realise that it never made me feel good about myself and above all the comments were completely unnecessary.
Its important to be aware that body shaming can have very damaging effects on individuals, especially if you’re picking up on a insecurity a person already has.
I would be interested in hearing whether any of you have been/ are body shamed and what was your reaction to this? Do you have any advice for people who may be going through similar experiences?
In todays society everyone finds it very easy to criticise people, so I challenge you guys to compliment someone, whether it be a stranger on the street or your bestie while you’re getting ready.