Body Shaming Needs to Stop Now

It's 2019 and we're still fighting against body shaming...

A recent cosmetic surgeon’s billboard in the city of Philadelphia has started a spark not just online but also in the neighborhood. The billboard said ‘Keep Our Beaches Beautiful’ which the critics deemed to be controversial as it sort of vaguely stated that the beaches are not for people who are not beautiful. It comes under body shaming and subconsciously targets the masses and instills the thought they aren’t beautiful until and unless they meet the society’s beauty standards.

A human body is such a complicated form which is so diverse and unique that sometimes when we see someone different from our own self, we do not acknowledge that they are ‘normal’. This is a thought needs to be shunned and not supported because we shouldn’t be idolizing and normalizing just one type of body shape, weight and height and call it ‘acceptable’.

I do not understand why is there even a standard of acceptable body, why isn’t the society able to accept every sort of person with whatever body height, weight and shape they possess. Why do girls and even guys have to look a certain way to feel like they look good and can flaunt how they look? This toxic mentality of the society that if you have fair skin then you’re beautiful and if God hasn’t bestowed you with fair skin then maybe you need to rethink about how you look and try bleaching it, why?

If one has not been given something by nature, then maybe people should just accept it and not make the other feel bad about. I see beautiful girls who strive every day to lose weight; they almost starve themselves to achieve their desired goals. I’m not saying that there’s anything wrong but changing yourself because of someone else is not okay. If this task and goal is influenced by the words and thoughts of another person, then maybe you need to reevaluate your decisions.

In the end, I would only like to say that we, as a society, need to be more accepting. We need to realize that our words might shatter someone’s confidence and make them feel like they are not enough. Body shaming should not be encouraged at all. Trying to make yourself look better is always okay and there’s nothing wrong in it, but doing so because of comments that others have passed is never okay. Be confident in how you look and the only thing that matters is how you feel about yourself and not what others think about you. If you feel good and are happy with how you look, then let no one bring you down.

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