Feminist in a fat-shaming world
*Trigger warning: Eating disorders and body image
For some reason I have not been able to escape the topic of body image and fat-shaming this week. Does the arrival of summer have us all on the collective edge? Does the change in seasons bring with it the baggage of eating disordered thinking and issues with our relative failure to attain the impossible “beauty ideal?”
Yesterday I stumbled into a Facebook discussion after my friend Annette posted this piece about how Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries hates fat people. The company does not stock anything above a size 10 (or medium) for their women’s clothes, while going up to XXL on the men’s side. And Jeffries is unapologetic about it:
In a 2006 Salon interview, Jeffries had spoken about his company’s marketing strategy and explained his target audience.
“In every school there are the cool and popular kids…
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