Thick vs. Slim

I’ve seen a lot of posts titled “Thick vs. Slim” all over social media, comparing women with slim bodies to women with “thick” bodies. I don’t like it. In my observations, it seems like not only does it open the door to body shaming women of both sizes (because someone who prefers one size might talk negatively about the other size), it causes a divide because it’s like having men choose which body frame is “better” and can cause women to compete, and maybe look down on each other, for this praise.

It can make women feel insecure about their bodies, no matter what size they are. And it can also make women feel like their bodies are for men to judge and they are not. Women come in many different sizes and they should not be put against each other. 

I remember one picture about “Thick vs. Slim” that stood out to me most on Facebook. The top half of the picture featured thick black women (even though they were more obese than thick because they were well beyond thick) and the bottom half featured white or nonblack slim women.

I found it odd that the thick black women in the picture were way more sexualized than the slim women. They were nearly naked, dressed in very revealing lingerie (at least that what it looked like), and posed over each other in a very seductive manner. The nonblack women were just dressed in half top shirts and short skirts and were not overly sexualized. It looked like a normal picture a group of friends would take with each other.

It looked like the photo was set up like that on purpose to tip the scale further in the thick black women’s favor and looked like the message of the photo was saying the only way big black women can look as good or better than nonblack thin women is if they’re overly sexualized or simply, big black women look better than thin white or nonblack women. I didn’t like the picture at all (I can’t find the picture anymore to share it here. It would be better if I could).

I believe the “Thick vs. Slim” debates should be done away with. Women’s body sizes and shapes should not be put against each other. They should all be celebrated and accepted and it shouldn’t be made into a debate or competition in order to do it.