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October 25, 2011

New Bandwagon: Redirecting Hate in an Effort to Feel Good About Oneself. ~ Tammy Carew

There are new photos sweeping Facebook, that are shared to express larger women as beautiful (just as thinner women are.) And I agree with that. I’m all for it. Larger women should be shown as beautiful in the media. There needs to be an evolution of media images, for real.

The narrow-focus of thin women in the media is both damaging and insulting to women everywhere. Women any shape, size and color are beautiful (same goes for men!)

Though, sadly, this new Facebook bandwagon is a misguided attempt left to ignorant people to redirect their self-resentment. It’s “misguided” because some of these pictures, and a lot of the comments, are insulting thin people. Making comments about bones being uncomfortable and larger being “more attractive.” A lot of it is very sickening to me, a thin woman.

No one is helping anyone by insulting other people. I understand that there are a lot of insults and judgments around being “fat” and that it needs to stop. But is insulting thin women going to help that?

If you are someone who made any of those comments, I ask you: does insulting another sized woman really make you feel good about yourself?

Lets try to make everyone feel good about themselves.

Stop the hate – don’t redirect it!

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Tammy M Carew is currently a writer who writes in random bursts of creativity, because she can’t sit still long enough to focus and finish one of the dozen or-so books she has started. But will someday. Just watch! Which is why her blog, overzealousblog.blogspot.com, is such an underdeveloped mess— but is full of (self-proclaimed) wisdom, humor, experience, and most of all, love. Follow her on twitter: [email protected] She has studied yoga philosophy and enlightenment for the last 2 years and just started her Yoga Teacher training in September 2011. She is a mother of two, a lover to one and is in awe of her dog and dove. And she absolutely loves elephant journal for all its delicious people and wisdom. 

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