THANK YOU. Finally, someone said out loud what we all say in our heads when we see mean comments about women on the internet. Here’s what Amy Schumer had to say on Instagram in response to some ugly internet comments:
“I meant to write ‘good morning trolls!’ I hope you find some joy in your lives today in a human interaction and not just in writing unkind things to a stranger you’ve never met who triggers something in you that makes you feel powerless and alone. This is how I look. I feel happy. I think I look strong and healthy and also like miss trunchbull from Matilda. Kisses!”
The truth is, it doesn’t really matter what other people think. What’s also true is that people have feelings, no matter how often you see them on TV.
I think Schumer’s response is perfect. I think that with her history of debunking body shaming, it makes sense that she would take the time to respond at all. While she’s had a spotted past with the public over the “plus size” label, this is seperate from all of that. This isn’t about size. It’s about love. And the “plus size” label is stupid anyway—when a size 12 is the national average, it shouldn’t be considered “plus size,” it should be considered average. Average is relative, therefore “plus size” is relative! It all depends on what we consider normal. “Plus size” as it’s currently known is just a dumb concept invented by clothing companies to target women with a body mass index that’s higher than a 21 (not that BMIs are accurate anyway).
All women need to have a bikini body is to put a bikini on their body. That’s easier said than done, and it doesn’t help that some of the most popular magazines (I won’t call them out, but you know which ones I’m talking about) still make slideshows of the “Hottest Celebrity Bikini Bodies.” Those photos only perpetuate the slowly-dying fervor that I’m dubbing the Baywatch Body Movement, which has existed long before Baywatch was on the air. The BBM is what encourages women to engage in fad diets, weird fitness trends, and hurtful body shaming. It’s also pointless, because there’s no such thing as the hottest bikini body! EVERYONE is beautiful in their own way and you can’t RANK such a relative concept.
I’d like to see a step in the right direction with these slideshows and the comments that follow—we could all take a page out of Aerie’s book and say the real you is sexy, showcasing female celebrities having fun and feeling confident in their swimsuits.
photo via Amy Schumer’s Instagram
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