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.

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  • 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.

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    • pe.riche.

      ^^^This^^^

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  • 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.”

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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