Not sure if you're familiar with this conflict, but there is a war on words in a particular sector of the fashion industry.\u00a0 There is this vicious cycle where 14+ women don't want to utilize the term "plus-size" when they discuss clothing and themselves, and yet are stuck using this term, because other explanatory choices have found their way to offend.\u00a0 Bigger women (and most likely men too) want a term that will give voice to their needs, while still empowering them to look for fashionable items that will make them shine.\n\nSome women have given up the hard fight altogether, because they\u2019re made to believe that they shouldn\u2019t bother; and then there are those truly beautiful \u201ccurvy\u201d bloggers, with hundreds of OOTD (outfit of the day) posts under their belts, that took up the mantle (multiple puns intended,) and give an incredible fight to show that beauty is everywhere. And it simply is. A fight.\n\nHere are some general reasons for not wanting to use the term, \u201cplus size\u201d:\n\n\t10 is considered a plus size in many circles, simply because it takes two digits to make that number, so the term really isn\u2019t accurately descriptive;\n\tConcurrently, there isn't a specific term for sizing under 10 (though I have heard "straight size" or "regular" on occasion.) Since there is a true abundance of clothing created in sizing under 10, there isn't a need for classification.\u00a0 You don\u2019t have to go into any random clothing store and ask, \u201cDo you sell clothes?\u201d and hope to find even one article that will fit. Though if you\u2019re "above average," and not familiar with a particular brand and have high hopes, you will go into that clothes store and ask, \u201cDo you sell plus-sizes?\u201d\u00a0 There is a contention there, an unfortunate embarrassment for many, for having to ask if something will fit bigger. And there's the rub. The segregation from not being able to choose clothing from any random store has created the abnormal classification, ie "plus size";\n\tAnd honestly, what woman of any size wants to subjugate themselves to a term that emphasizes their size #? When I introduce myself as a \u201cplus-size blogger\u201d, I\u2019m knowingly putting a random, irrelevant number before who I am as a person to explain a subject that I love discussing.\n\nFashion should be all about personal style and freedom of expression, not what # that happens to be on your garment tag.\n\nAnd as much as I wish I could walk out of any store I like with multiple bags in hand, the kind that could possibly make TheHubs tear up inside once the credit card bill comes in, I can\u2019t. I have a category; one that needs a name.\n\nOne particular term that concerns me greatly is \u201creal woman\u201d. In context, I\u2019ve been told more and more recently that BrandX has sizes for real women. BrandY has real women in mind when they design.\u00a0 BrandZ knows how hard it is for real women to find fashionable clothes, and they want to help.\n\nThey want to help.\n\nThe only fake woman out there is Barbie, and that\u2019s because she\u2019s plastic. She\u2019s make-believe.\u00a0 If you\u2019re reading this, and you have an XX chromosome, you are a real woman.\n\nPlease, if you work in the plus-size industry and you want to help, please stop using the term \u201creal woman.\u201d\u00a0 It makes me want to tattoo disclaimers and apologies on my skin; it\u2019s not a nice term and needs to be nipped and tucked away.\n\nAnother term that has me more confused than concerned is \u201ccurvy.\u201d\u00a0 Just like every woman is real, every woman has curves, so do men for that matter (even if they'd prefer we call it "angles".) We\u2019re not made of straight lines, and it only took me just one day of art class to figure that one out.\n\nOne could, and has, argued that plus-sized women\u2019s curves are more pronounced, but I know a few non-plus sized women out there that are bustier than I. In some ways, it\u2019s quite the epitome of \u201ccurvy.\u201d So it too has caused feelings to be hurt, though in the grand scheme of things, it\u2019s a term that I wish could be accepted by all.\n\nThe one term that is seemingly acceptable is "Full Figured". Heck, its a term I use on my site often, but even then it has this connotation that those under 14+ have less of a figure.\n\nIts distressing. And I can't help but wonder if we're "not allowed" any of these terms, simply because we didn't ask first. We adopted "real woman", "curvy" and "full figured" as our own without discourse, and there are people out there that want those terms back.\n\nWe plus-sized people need a term that is acceptable on all fronts. Something stylish, trendy, fashionable, something akin to the clothes we fight to wear.\n\nUnfortunately, like everyone else in the industry, I don\u2019t have an answer; but I have hope that we'll have a widely acceptable classification soon.\u00a0 Until then, I'm personally going to use "plus sized", "curvy" and "full figured", and will continue to cringe when someone in sales tries to empower my purchase and their commission with the term "real woman," (as I honestly can't think of any fellow bloggers who uses that particular term themselves.)\n\nAnd for any "Real Women" offended, I'm sorry.