Glamour recently reported that weight stereotyping is very real–and very rampant. And it’s most common for women to judge other women. What the heck, girls? We’re in this together!
Are you fat? If so, you’re being judged on your weight, and probably more openly. In any case, what are the inaccurate assumptions being made about you? People in Glamour’s study were six times more likely to label an overweight woman as “slow”–wtf?!–and 10 times more likely to call her “lazy”–even BIGGER wtf?! What does your weight have to do with how hard you work or how smart or speedy you are?
Are you skinny? You’re far from exempt from judging. You’re eight times more likely to be seen as “vain” and twice as likely to be labeled as “bitchy.” Uh, what in the world?
Not only are these stereotypes often completely unfounded, but they’re also damaging not only to our personal lives, but to our professional ones. The study noted that overweight women were more likely to be overlooked for jobs, even if they were more qualified for them than a thinner person. That sucks not only for the overweight person who’s out of work, but also for everyone cleaning up after the underqualified thin person who got the position–and for the thin person who may be in over her head at work. Not good for any of us!
Additionally, while it’s awesome that there are movements now for body acceptance of all shapes and sizes, Glamour brought up a point that irked us, too: By insisting that “real women have curves”–and they do!–it’s also sort of enforcing the idea that thinner women aren’t, well, real, and reinforcing the stereotype that thin women are mean.
Miley Cyrus went through similar issues recently when she lost weight. First she was too chunky for Hollywood (or is it Hollyweird)’s standards. When she lost weight from Pilates and cutting out gluten and lactose for her allergies, she was blasted for being anorexic. What the heck?
No matter what size you are, you’re being judged for your weight–and admit it: you may be judging others on theirs, too. The best way to stop this phenomenon is with yourself. If you see an overweight person and automatically assume they’re lazy and sloppy, think of it this way: You don’t know her life. She may be working three jobs and have a thyroid problem. You don’t know. If you roll your eyes at a thin person and by default think she’s cruel and stand offish, why don’t you try smiling at her and starting a conversation?
Are you fat? Are you skinny? It shouldn’t matter. And it won’t if you change your attitudes and habits not just about your weight, but about everyone else’s.
Have you ever been openly judged on your weight? Do you judge others on their weight? How do you think we can change weight stereotyping? Tell us in the comments!