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Why Plus Size Labels Shouldn’t Even Be A Thing

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So did you hear about Amy Schumer’s uproar about Glamour magazine’s ‘Chic at Every Size’ issue?

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In the dedicated issue, Amy was featured alongside other plus-size women such as Adele and Melissa McCarthy.

While this probably seemed like a great idea to the staff at Glamour magazine, this actually left many people wondering:

  • What does it even mean to be plus size, anyway?
  • And does it even really matter?

Don’t get me wrong, it’s totally refreshing to finally see a major women’s publication featuring women that don’t share the same body type, but does there really need to be a f*cking label? Shouldn’t every size be featured without making it a big deal? It should be normal.

Anyway, Amy took it to Instagram to express just how displeased she was about the entire thing. 

Schumer pointed out that in the U.S., plus sizes typically starts at a size 16.

Ok, that’s great. So what’s her point?

Well, Amy normally fluctuates between sizes 6 and 8.

So, what does this say?

It says that society’s body standards are even MORE distorted than the industry makes it seem.

How so?

Well, if being a size 6 or 8 is large enough to be considered plus size, then what the hell does it mean to actually be a size 16?

If a woman is a size 16, how is she suppose to feel in comparison to someone who is a size 6?

And what about the woman who is teetering between a size 4 and 6? Could potentially going up size up throw you into the plus size section? And how tiny do we really expect women to be?

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Sorry, I definitely just opened up a can of worms here…but…

NEDA states:

“In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life.”

With that being said, why do we create such unnecessary body image issues that create eating disorders?

You can be 100% healthy being plus size. As a matter of fact, someone who is “plus sized” can be considered healthier than the woman who is a size 2. 

So why does being “plus size” automatically get associated with being unhealthy? 

This ultimately leaves me with two arguments (since there’s nothing wrong with being plus size…):

  1. Why can’t stores/brands take the Modcloth approach by offering articles of clothing in a variety of sizes without using the label “plus size”? And,
  2. If the label is here to say, why is it frowned upon to be called plus size?

And before you question my thoughts on specialty plus size stores, while I think the “plus size” label shouldn’t exist in stores than plan to carry all sizes, I don’t think we should do away with dedicated plus size stores.

Why?

Because I see the benefits of having them.

How?

Because they’re essentially considered a specialty store which caters to specific needs, making it more likely for someone to find MORE of the quality that they are looking for.

BUT, if you’re going to be a store or brand that chooses to carry ALL sizes, what’s the point in separating them and putting a label on bigger articles of clothing? My thought process is, whatever is in stock for that particular style should all be in one place. Right?

And one more thing, bigger clothing should NOT be more expensive. 

Ok. End rant.

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    Melisa Bartlett Dodrill

    04/23/2016 at 6:50 am

    I agree with most of what you are saying, other than than the price difference… A size 20 has a considerable amount more fabric than a size 2, and therefore should cost more. The more fabric used, the lower the profit margin. The reason a lot of brands don’t carry larger sizes is because of the lack of profit. If larger sizes were sold at the same price point, a lot of companies that do make them now wouldn’t make them any longer. I would much rather pay more than my smaller counterparts, than be stuck with my only options being the styles made of cheaper, ugly fabrics that have the lower price points.

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    Esme Sy

    04/23/2016 at 3:21 pm

    Being a plus size doesn’t mean you are not healthy. I am a plus size and I choose to eat healthy and exercise everyday. The weight just won’t go down, but i can run up a few plight of stairs without problems.

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    Sarah Bailey

    04/23/2016 at 7:07 pm

    Wow that is absolutely crazy – I can’t believe they class someone who is a 6-8 in that catagory. I honestly think we are all a little distorted when it comes to sizing and what it is and isn’t as everything we see is airbrushed. .

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    Lawrence

    04/24/2016 at 7:04 pm

    They have had that label for years. I agree withe label thing though. Size 2, size 20, as long as you can do the things you want and need to do physically, what does it matter. Be happy with whatever or whoever you are. Every industry has some crazy shit going on and the Fashion industry is no exception. I feel bad for these girls that take Glamour magazine as gospel!

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    PSST PH

    04/25/2016 at 2:48 am

    It is only these industries that distort everything and they do not feel the need to defend themselves because most people are like sheep, they simply follow. I’m glad you spoke out about this but we need more, a lot more.

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