Lately it seems like more and more women are embracing their curves and their bodies, no matter the size. While America has continued to get larger, those once shunned by the mainstream have begun their own acceptance movements and have helped more women feel comfortable about their bodies. But does curve confidence have a downside?

According to Britton Delizia the answer is yes. Delizia recently launched aKickstarter campaign to raise $20,000 for a book that celebrates thin bodies. Her goal? To collect images of women “standing up against a society that protects fat culture while bastardizing thin and athletic women.”

Delizia explains:

Its undeniable that when we stand a skinny, athletic or even average sized female next to a larger (even if less healthy, overweight or obese) female, that unless we live outside of this stigma, we as Americans will assume that the heavier person is funnier, smarter, nicer, and less sexually promiscuous, all because she is not as thin or physically fit than the girl next to her. 

The premise of the book is not to bash or assault any single body type, quite the opposite. I want to share the stories of women who have dealt with this discriminatory action.

There are millions of women out there and im sure you know at least one looking for a voice , not from tvs and magazines, not from victorias secret.. but from the ground level , to speak up and tell them that its okay to want to be in better shape.

Now, I’m all for women of all body types celebrating what God gave them, but it seems like Delizia’s book is less about honoring women who have worked hard for their bodies, and more about addressing her perceived “haters.”

While Delizia says she aims to protect little girls against the pressure of being overweight just to fit in, her book muddies the waters by insisting that there is a war on skinny women.  Although it’s true that a growing number of Americans are overweight or obese, most of them don’t want to be that way. I mean the diet industry is a billion dollar business for a reason and folks hop on every weight loss fad hoping it will finally help them drop the pounds.

And while actresses like Melissa McCarthy and Amber Riley and singers like Adele and Jill Scott are praised for being confident plus size women, they are exceptions to the media’s beauty standards that still hail thin women.

But I guess if Mo’Nique could build a career out of proclaiming skinny women as the enemy, then Delizia can pen a book about our society hating on athletic chicks, even if neither one of them is right.

  • Rosey

    I’m not buying her argument that this isn’t about bashing bigger women. The tone of her sign says otherwise to me. She needs to get a clue and a life.

  • Skinny Girl

    I see where she is coming from. I think much of the dialogue around making curvy women feel more comfortable with their bodies takes a “skinny women aren’t real women” tone. In my experience, this is especially relevant for black culture, which prizes the “Brick House” body type over all others. Granted I won’t be donating to the Kickstarter fund (girl, what?), I think it’s important that we don’t alienate one another during our own journeys toward self-acceptance.

  • http://gravatar.com/missinformation7 Ms. Information

    I could see your point…I have the “brick house” body type and my bff has a slim model esque shape…..people stay calling her boy shaped, I think it is a bit disrepectful…being slim does not mean you are boy shaped…

  • Yb

    Yeah her agruement mirrors the “privileged people are discriminated against too” claims such as:

    “Whites face more racism in this country than blacks”

    “Heterosexual people are the victim of hate crimes too”

    “Men have it harder in society then women.” Etc etc etc.

    Ole needs to recognize that people like I and her benefit from size privilege and get a clue.

  • Allie

    If her book is filled with statements like the photo above she should be ashamed of herself, and take a seat.

  • Hehe

    She really need to get a clue. She is white and thin; her thin body type is deemed attractive. Her privilege is definitely showing. I don’t consider myself skinny although others might (I’m 5’8″ at 138) and I can see how slimmer black women might feel discriminated for their smaller size. I hate hearing skinny Black women wanting to stuff their faces just to gain curves and look more desirable.

    I also think discrimination is regional and cultural thing. I think slim black women in the Northern cities are taunted less for their weight than in the south. I’m West Indian and haven’t heard many negative comment abt my smaller size or other slimmer women but that could just be my personal experience.

  • __A

    “We as Americans will assume that the heavier person is funnier, smarter, nicer, and less sexually promiscuous, all because she is not as thin or physically fit than the girl next to her. ”

    This is silly. That is because the media portrays overweight people as less desirable, so they try to make up for picking on overweight people by making the person funnier, smarter, and nicer. It is the Doug Heffernon thing. He may be overweight but he has a heart of gold and is funny right while his wife is thin and mean. Also I don’t think thin women are portrayed as more promiscuous. It’s that thin women are considered more desirable, so they are the ones that get paired off with people.

    I agree with the commenter above. This is like saying what about reverse sexism and racism? Size discrimination exists for thin and overweight people, but it is mostly done towards overweight people. I am thin and have no use for the fat acceptance movement in a country where according to the CDC 17% of children and 35% of adults and almost HALF of black people and 20% of black boys and 29% of black girls are OBESE. Not overweight obese! But this campaign is silly. I am very thin and have been picked on about being thin, but it’s probably nowhere near as bad as it is for overweight women. I don’t think people should be picked on for being overweight, but I don’t really accept or believe the excuses that people like to throw out about why they’re obese or overweight.

  • http://soniquesonique.wordpress.com soniquesonique

    WOW! Okay, as an ‘evil skinny girl’ I will say that there is not enough discrimination to betch about. You have to keep in mind the feelings of these peole who are throwing out these criticisms. They are usually unhappy with themselves so they put others down to hoist themselves up. Not a healthy disposition at all. Sure, you may want to be thin but you don’t n e e d to be thin to be happy! And you don’t need to “hate” on other women who have what you want.

    Thin women are adored in American society by and large. Minus the “haters,” most people want to be thin. Britton Delizia, I do agree with you sort of. The only problem I have with the “haters” is that they assume that there isn’t much they can do about their situation. That negative attitude is going to keep them in the same position. Weight is something that can be controlled, and if you are not happy with yourself, or if your health is in jeopardy make efforts to lose it! Yet, it’s not necessary for skinny women to fight back. We have enough people on our side. We should support other women who are struggling with their image and uplift them –not strike back.

    I think this quote sums up my views, “If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem” @britton delizia make a workout tape, or write a book that will uplift –not destroy

  • Apple

    When I was high school I was bullied for being skinny all the time. I would be called stick, anoxeric, people grabbing at my wrist , saying I had no ass or breast. It got so bad I started trying to eat as much as I could so i can be “thick”. Once I got into the real world and saw that skinny is coveted , it erased the years of anguish those people created for me

  • Kenzy

    i call bs because as much (little) as times have changed where more curvy women are embracing their curves, skinny women will still never be discriminated against as much as a curvy woman in society as a whole

  • Timmothy

    Except in the black community.

  • Timmothy

    Media Tke. Out has a skinny girl sickely fat girl beautiful everyday

  • ….

    Youre so right. I remember when Tyra Banks used her show to try to make bigger women feel beautiful and talk about body acceptance and then in the same breath she would “throw shade” at skinny girls. Alot of these “body acceptance people” are just like that…they talk out of both sides of their mouths.

  • Chillyroad

    I really wish people would stop throwing that word discrimination around. It’s not that serious.

  • BriA

    I see where she is kinda coming from..I guess how people say women who are curvy or more desirable esp. to men because they have child bearing hips – idk – but when I was in middle school (i’m naturally thin -straight up and down-) and all the guys would talk about the girls who would be more curvy, how good they looked….So I tried gaining weight to look like them…needless to say it didn’t work but still…..

  • http://differentnorm.wordpress.com differentnorm

    I don’t like the dichotomy that arguments like this create, as if the only option is to celebrate one at the expense of the other. Thin- & fat-bashers alike need to have a stadium full of seats and utilize that precious time formerly used to criticize to address the insecurities & socially-constructed issues that have led to their inability to see the beauty in all body types.

  • Rue

    AMEN!
    And can Tyra stop with the “I’m plus sized and am discriminated agianst im so self conscoius” meme? Sweetie, oh f-king please, you ain’t.

  • Rue

    Honey, if you’re West Indian and don’t then you were damn lucky. I’ve been told too many damn times that I’m malnourished and that my parents are starving me.

  • Twosides

    Can the disdain for so called privileged people be let go already? This seems to be the new buzz phrase used to silence those who are not benefiting from “privilege”. It’s as if recognizing that not ALL “privileged people” are kicking it on easy street is to diminish those on the other side.

    Yes, women have it hard in a sexist society BUT that doesn’t mean there aren’t men who suffer from sexism.

    Yes, light skin women are lauded in the black community BUT that doesn’t mean there aren’t light skin women who are maligned because of it.

    Yes, skinny/athletic women, depending on the current trend, are celebrated BUT that doesn’t mean there aren’t skinny and athletic women being made to feel less than “real” women.

  • Treece

    Ughh, I just want to scream out to the top of my lungs, STOP THE MADNESS!! Seriously? Why does everything have to be a divisive issue. Your weight should be an issue for you and your doctor to discuss in detail. If you choose to stay overweight, do you. If you’d like to remain thin/athletic, do you. This us not a health issue like smoking where there is the potential to cause others harm through your behavior. You can’t inhale fat. So if someone likes thier curves, why jump down thier throats and start some competitive BS? Yes there are some overweight women that love themselves exactly how they are. We can argue all day long about how healthy or unhealthy it is but its thier decision.

    Healthy eating and exercise campaigns encourage a healthful lifestyle and that’s great. But making a book devoted to celebrating thin and athletic bodies is ridiculous. We’ve had books and magazines that have done this forever. Pick up any fashion magazine or turn on ANY movie or tv show and you’ll find a multitude of thin women waiting for you. Now that plus sized women aren’t ashamed anymore people have a problem……pahleeez! Get over yourself lady. And anyone who feels the way she does should do the same.

  • Domo

    Even as someone whose faced this type of discrimination, (I get called skinny bitch quite a few times), the books should talk about all types of discrimination. It should be inclusive of all body types. I know its not her responsibility so speak on the behalf of all women, but whenever you have material that’s seemingly one sided, people on the other side are gonna be mad. I feel her, and I’ve been waiting on something like this to come out for a long time. But, I have friends that are thick that haven’t commented to me that way, and I know they would take some offense to the photo (as much as I love it).
    And side note: I would never call another woman a “fat bitch”, I don’t appreciate being called a skinny one. I’m no type of bitch.

  • http://twitter.com/gennatay Gina

    I agree 100% apple. I have been thin my entire life. I danced, so I had a little muscle build but because I am tall, I was called all those words and “Olive Oyl” and “Bean Pole” were often called my way as well.

  • Naps!

    Agreed. She needs to stop stirring up trouble with this triflin mess and write a fitness book cuz those abs are ridic!

  • NOitAll

    Seems to me this is less about fat vs. thin, and more about the anxiety white women are feeling about shifting standards of beauty. In a country where brown skinned people are fast becoming the majority, what’s considered attractive and the ideal is changing as well. I noticed in her little sign there, she focuses on one body party, the Butt. Interesting choice. The J-Lo’s and Beyonces are on the rise, and I think this lady is scared she can’t measure up.

  • binks

    THIS! Her sign was just as snarky and bashing but she is being discriminated against…*things that make you go hmmm*. And I still laugh at this so called “fat” acceptance…where do they do this at because I’ am sure plenty of overweight/obese people would love to live there….just because people are moving against the grain that the skinny body frame shouldn’t reign supreme DOES NOT mean being fat/obese is acceptable, consider ideal, or praise in any way shape or form. The standard is still very much gear towards thin or skinny/slim toned figures while fat women (especially black women) are still on the roasting block. Because I will bet if Britton Delizia’s post her body on many forums her body will be praised! As someone who been on both sides of this equation, I get where people on both sides are coming from skinny people do get bashed, ribbed and stereotyped just like fat people, but I won’t pretend that when I was fat I didn’t recieved the brunt of this criticism regarding my body wasn’t when I was fat, just like many other fat people. I do agree with those who said that being naturally thin/skinny in the black community has its own brand of issues because our community seems to value curvier bodies (meaning overall shape/fat in the right places NOT just flat out being fat). To me it seems like either extremes of this body spectrum receives hate while those who fall in the middle is overlooked.

  • dal

    I agree whole heartedly, so often we take stances against one another vs. being accepting of others who are different from us. I often think about this when I hear people who are newly natural talking stuff about people with perms. Like wth. you had on last year!

    As it comes to body image, rather thin or thick, shouldn’t the message be about being healthy? Thin does not equate healthy, curves don’t always equate sexy. Skinny girls can be just as sexy and thick chicks can be healthy. WG2F?

  • leyla

    I don’t know how to feel about this, definitely society and media show skinny women as the ideal, but as a skinny one I have felt judgement from women larger than me, despite I have never made a mean comment about the weight of my friends and family it seems like it is OK for them to tell me whatever its on their minds about mine, even once my bosse’s wife made him take me to lunch to check if I was eating like a “regular” person because since I was skinnier than her the only logical explanation was that I was anorexic, I am not anotrexic, I don´t look anorexic, I’m within my weigth range, however this kind of comnents remains in my life and the worst part is that people don’t think I have the right to defend myself because that means that I feel superior to overweigthed people, which I don’t, its very frustraiting.

  • http://gravatar.com/ciderkiss Ciderkiss

    Bull. We all know that fat isn’t accepted. t’s about curves in all the right places.

  • lol

    “the worst part is that people don’t think I have the right to defend myself because that means that I feel superior to overweigthed people, which I don’t, its very frustraiting.”

    this!

  • http://gravatar.com/cnm88 Sunshine

    I think everyone should accept themselves and not feel the need to put others down to make themselves feel better. Whether skinny, average, or overweight-we all have flaws.

  • http://gravatar.com/cfowler0331 Courtney F.

    This so stupid! The same concept as, “reverse-racism.” The fact remains that if you’re not systematically oppressed than it’s not discrimination. I’d LOVE to see some evidence of skinny people oppression, but you won’t. Why? BECAUSE IT DOESN’T EXIST!

  • http://crystalantoinette.com Crystal Antoinette Graham

    It took a while to digest, but after reading and re-reading and then reading again, I realized that what Deliza is saying is something we’re all feeling to some degree.

    The words she uses in the sign muddy her message, but it is a vulnerable, honest one:

    Our bodies are being unfairly judged against beauty standards we can never achieve. And. We. Feel. Inadequate.

    Maybe we feel inadequate because we’re overweight.

    Or because we don’t have any junk in the trunk.

    Or because our breasts are too small or too big or are beginning to sag.

    But we have ALL struggled (or will if we live long enough) to accept the bodies we have been given. Deliza is simply demonstrating that not one of us is immune.

  • http://gravatar.com/paulinetriage paulinetriage

    Jeez, what a crybaby. A crybaby with a great body that she should take completely justified pride in. Not waste time on crap like this. We really need another group vying for some kind of pitiful bragging rights to being “most hard done by”? This insistence people have on being offended at anything and everything has got to cease.

  • Mademoiselle

    I’ve been thin my whole life (only gain weight when I’m extremely stressed & still get people giving me the crazy eye when I tell them I’m heavier), and went through my share of teasing as a kid for being lanky, but I guess it never sunk in because I figured programs like the president’s fitness challenge we had to go through every year weren’t geared towards people like me gaining weight. Even as an adult (I don’t get picked on these days nor do I feed the madness), I figure I’ll start feeling discriminated when I start seeing commercials, billboards, and print ads about skinny people gaining weight in the same numbers as those about fat people losing weight. Show me a national campaign against skinny, and I’ll jump on homegirl’s bandwagon, until then…. she needs to go somewhere with that mess.

  • E.M.S.

    I truly wish society would simply learn to accept beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, rather than pitting the different onces against each other. I hate skinny shaming equally as much as I hate fat shaming. I’m tired of hearing both sides whine about the other, and try to convince everyone to confirm to their view.

    There is no law that mandates one body type is more attractive than other (despite what society will often tell you), and the ones responsible for these petty disagreements seem to forget that beauty is subjective. Everyone has their own idea of what is beautiful, and should be allowed to pursue it without criticism.

  • http://twitter.com/Josi_121 Josi (@Josi_121)

    Everyone is using the internet to air their grievances now, no matter how petty. Although it is rude to have people comment that you are ‘fat’ or ‘thin’; There is no war against skinny women. Skinny women can have economic advantages. A study in the Journal of Applied Psychology: women who are “very thin” earn nearly $22,000 more than their “average weight counterparts.”

  • Avril

    “War on skinny women”? “Pressure for little girls to gain weight”? What?! You know how much weight loss porn there is out there? Studies show that kids are more unhealthy then they were 10-20 years ago because of their media consumption of MTV, Desperate housewives, victoria secret, and abercrombie, etc being shoved in their faces nonstop. Look, no one should bash fat or skinny women, but this here sounds like a big anti-hater hater fest. On the other side, women with weight issues have to accept themselves first, deal with whatever emotional issues they have if applicable, and love themselves enough to be healthy. Healthy does not have to be size 0 either. That’s a conversation for you and your health care provider because everyone is different. We really need to get it together and celebrate those differences and not tear eachother down.

  • pe.riche.

    ^^^This^^^

  • pe.riche.

    Wow. That’s an excellent point I never thought about!

  • leelah

    seriously when have black women stuffed their faces just to gain more curves. Are u claiming that all black women who over eat, emotionally eat, or binge are doing it just to get that brick house shape?

  • Latoya L

    Wait! There is a campaign on supporting all that is skinny…Its called Hollywood. This is nothing but someone wanting to gather attention. The focus should be body acceptance not being fat is in or being skinny is in what the heck happen to being your best is in smh

  • Billy Paul

    The image of the big, fat, and mean Colored women is quite real and to simply dismiss and/or ignore their existence is arguably reflective of erroneous logic.

  • Ms. Vee

    Whatever happened to balance? Trying to be skinny by hollywood standards (aka looking like you’ve survived a famine) is not something to aspire to be. With that being said, having a big ole body that puts you at a high risk for heart disease (and erroneously calling yourself “thick”) is equally as bad. Eat healthy and exercise. Therefore regardless of your body type you will be fit. Case in point, Serena Williams is not built a skinny woman but she is a world athlete and fit to the core.

  • http://www.clutchmagonline.com/2012/12/are-skinny-women-being-discriminated-against-new-kickstarter-campaign-aims-to-stand-up-to-fat-culture/comment-page-2/#comments starsha

    trust me it happens! Dont think because you dont hear it it isnt there ..in fact I had an obese girl whom I was friends with tell me to eat more sweets and cakes because I was little (I run track athletic) and need to gain weight …I couldve been like you need to eat more but then I would be wrong like wtf she can hate on me but Im supposed to just take it ….sounds like bs!!!!1

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