Oh, boy. Here we go again. The “real VS… not real…?” body fight. This time it is being brought to our attention after the Miss America pageant contestant, Mekayla Diehl, or Miss Indiana, took center stage during the bathing suit segment of the pageant. People across the nation took to Twitter to show their approval: “Finally, a contestant that’s not a bag of bones.” and “The fact Miss Indiana is not a complete twig makes me really happy.” Look, I think she looks fantastic. She says she eats lots of vegetables and lean meat and doesn’t obsess over her weight which sounds pretty healthy. But the issue I have is with people thinking it is okay to call other people a “bag of bones” or to say one body is more real than another. There’s been little criticism in the world of “thin- shaming” and I have to wonder why. Thin girls and women are just as likely to feel insecure about their weight as their curvy counterparts so why do they not deserve support? What makes them less real? I know plenty of thin women who eat just as much as I do and because of their genetic predisposition, they simply won’t gain any weight or have a difficult time doing so. That deserves body snarking?
While I do think it is crucial that all body types are represented in our media, I think it is equally as important that we end body shaming of all kinds. It sustains the idea that objectification is okay and gives the green light to put everyone under scrutinization. We all lose this fight. I guess what it really boils down to are childhood lessons learned: Treat others the way you would want to be treated. And always skip instead of walk. Is that a rule? It should totally be a rule. Always do that, too.