I wanted to thank Aeryn for giving this non-full figured girl a chance to share my story. We were discussing plus sized stores, and I shared this story, and she wanted me to share with you all.
I was glad to share because I feel like sometimes full figured ladies feel they are the only ones who get mistreated because of their size. Believe me, I know it happens more often to you, but it does happen to us too.
A little background on me. I am the “skinny” girl in my family. The one that can walk into just about any store and find something that fits. It really irks my family, I get it. I’ve been with them through their shopping troubles, and feel bad that I can just walk in and pick anything I like off the rack. And plus sized clothes seems to be an arm and a leg for anything that is fashionable and cute. So I like to give my sister some money for shopping, or gift cards to her favourite plus sized stores.
The following has happened to me on numerous occasions, on different scales but this is the one that has stuck with me the most:
So coming up to her birthday, which is Christmas Day no less, I went into a certain plus-sized store
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A note from Aeryn:
When Shair, myself and a few of our friends were discussing this issue just this morning, I really couldn’t believe it.
I would dare to say that there is perhaps one thing that every plus-sized person has in common, and that would be knowing what its like to be hated for being fat. Whether someone sneered in your face while calling you “disgusting,” or you’ve read a ton of “acceptable” comments on other sites along the lines of “Why aren’t they concentrating on losing weight instead of what’s available for them to wear,” or another comic is talking about fat people with apples in their mouths; we know what hate is. We know how this feels, and perhaps in our fight for equal consideration, some of us are shooting down friends and loved ones, and generally some really nice straight-sized/thin people who want the same as we do. Believe it or not, there are thin people who want plus sized people to have the fashionable clothing they want. Both Shair and Jeanne Beker are two women right off the top of my head that want better for us “above average” people.
Yes, we’ve been mocked in the past by those with weight issues (that have projected those issues on us,) but could we not shoot first and ask questions later? Could we maybe also work towards not projecting our own personal issues on others. Please? I know its a lot to ask, but if you could think of Shair’s story next time you see someone under 14+ perusing our stores, we could maybe take one more step towards that brighter, more fashionably equal future!
(Especially now that a lot of plus-size stores are carrying wide-calf boots! This is an issue for many women of all sizes, and we just might find more smaller women trying to find a pair of boots that will actually fit them for once.)
Thanks for reading folks.