Why Plus Size Labels Shouldn’t Even Be A Thing

Why Plus Size Labels Shouldn't Even Be A Thing

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

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?

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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