Benjamin Ashton Cooper has won boyfriend of the month because he a) helped his girlfriend Nicki Louloudis clean out her closet and b) went on a Facebook rant about society's body image issues. It's always good to see a man finally realize the bullshit women endure.
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. #EndBodyShaming.
Yeah, fuck body shaming! And fuck this vest:
From the sounds of it, Louloudis has gotten rid of this vest, which is important. Though maybe not as important as Cooper's message, which people are reacting positively to.
Glad to see your message get out. Society wants all women to be skinny, large chested, and have a large toned ass. Not all women can be that way and its a shame that we have allowed it to get this bad. It is about the person inside not what people see on the outside.
Thank you for this Ben. I am one of those who has negative feelings about wearing XL size. I look in the mirror or at myself in general and don't think I'm that big of a woman. But then I go to stores and the only things I fit in are XL sometimes bigger, and that does make me feel a little bad about myself and think "am I really that big?".... This post really put things into perspective for me. Thank you!
Some wrote on Facebook that Cooper wasn't taking into account things like wear-and-tear, or that sizes are inherently warped. Cooper responded aptly:
My point wasn't about the sizes, it's about the disparity in sizing between men and women. The fact that I got into both a men's small and a women's extra large is straight up sexism. Body shaming sexism.
Some of these were never worn, either, not "over washed and dried."
The issue of clothes shrinking once they go into the dryer is a whole other problem also worthy of a Facebook post.