Originally Posted by Indiana
I was just trying to make the point that body-shaming for perceived unattractiveness comes in a wide range of forms, some of them harder for us to see than others because they are 'approved' by society in some way. A bit like the 'blondes are dumb' and 'gingers are ugly' stereotypes. People who wouldn't dream of making offensive jokes about fat people or black people will make blonde jokes or ginger jokes without giving it a second thought because those jokes are still seen to be okay.
Ahh yes, I cop jokes all the time about my height and it drives me nuts
. While it'd be apparently rude to walk up to me and say "Gee you're fat!", apparently it's perfectly okay to come up to me and say, "Gee you're short!" And yet... short is much harder to fix than fat. I KNOW it's hard to lose weight (yes, I'm somewhat overweight now), but it's nigh on impossible to gain height (unless you want leg extending surgery
I actually got really upset and ranted at my husband one day, because he felt the need to tell me that one of his staff members commented on my height. A, I didn't know why he had to TELL me and hurt my feelings, and B, I didn't know why she had to open her trap and say anything to him about me
But yeah, I've got a bit of a chip on my shoulder
. I don't know why it's really rude to comment on someone's weight if they're overweight, but it's okay to say someone's skinny or a "stick figure" or someone's short or whatever. It seems far more polite to just not MENTION stuff about someone's appearance to them!