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Monday, April 26, 2010

Sexism? Nope! Try SIZE-ISM!!!

Have you all heard about the controversy over ABC and FOX banning the Lane Bryant lingerie commercial? I wasn't going to post about this but I decided what the hell? I have never been one to keep my opinions to myself. Here is the commercial in question:

A little risque? Sure. Any more so than a Victoria's Secret ad? Ummm...NO! Lane Bryant wanted to purchase ad time during Dancing With The Stars and ABC refused. Because the woman of DWTS are so covered up?

To me, this whole controversy is just one more example of how size discrimination seems to be the last acceptable form of discrimination in this country. It is OK to make fun of larger people. It is OK to make fun of bigger people. It is OK for bigger people to be passed over for jobs and promotions. The list goes on and on.

You know what, America? IT IS NOT OK!!! There is nothing OK about it. Maybe I get a little more worked up over something like this because I am plus-sized. And I know people laugh at me and talk about me behind my back. And I know there are people that won't have anything to do with me simply because of my size. Many people won't even look me in the eye for fear they are going to catch fat-itis or something! I certainly don't have the confidence to prance around in my lingerie (well, for anyone but my husband!). But the model in that ad is gorgeous! She is a REAL woman, not like those toothpick pre-pubescents you see on fashion runways.

I know there are some people that will say that a commercial like this shouldn't air when kids can see it. Victoria's Secret commercials air early. Heck, soap operas that are one during the day show a hell of a lot more than tis commercial.

I think the reason it was banned is clear: network TV is not ready to show REAL people. Size discrimination is obviously alive and well at ABC and FOX. I wonder how long it will take the other networks to follow suit...?


Elle said...

Amen, sistah! I agree with everything you've said. There are beer commercials aired during the Superbowl, which kids can watch and see, that are much, much worse than this. I think it's sizeism pure and simple, and it's shameful.

Those of us with more to love should apparently not be represented in the media; nor should we be allowed to feel sexy in any way. It's disgusting!

Christa said...

OH.MY.GOSH!! I have seen ALOT worse on TV for kids...that was nothing! I totally agree with you on this...that is totally sizeism...grrr LOL

Kathleen said...

I, too, agree with everything you have said. I have seen girls in bikinis on TV and that is less than what the gals in this ad are wearing. The women we see on TV are so thin, we begin to think we all need to look like that. When in reality, size 14 is the average size for women in the US. You can be overweight and still healty, and still be gorgeous, and still be attractive, and still have men longing for you. Wake up America.

You rock, girlfriend!
hugs, Kathleen

Jennee said...

hehe fat-itis. love it. I think women need to learn to love their imperfections and curves. That's real sexiness...being comfortable in your own skin. Thanks for ranting with me!!!!

Ms Bibi said...

I read about it and I thought it was ridiculous. There is so much crap on daytime TV that I don't want my kids to see yet it is acceptable.

DWTS airs when my children are getting ready for bed or are already in bed.

As Kathleen pointed out the average size for woman in US is 14 and that's not a new statistic. It's been 14 for many years now.

I agree, it is time to feature REAL women in commercials, on front pages and billboards.

Have you noticed how sad, depressed and pale those skinny stick women look. That's because their idea of a dessert is to split M&M four ways.

carma said...

I was ticked off when I heard about the "ban" on ET the other day. Pathetic. The model is absolutely gorgeous and any regular viewer of DWTS has seen those practically invisible costumes. Double standard pure and simple.

Shore Debris said...

Sheesh - I'm not even sure I would call that risque! What do kids see when they look at all the magazines in the check out line at the grocery store? I bet there's more on this girl than whats on any "fitness" model on the covers of those magazines.

Jenny said...

Wow, I have totally missed this! I agree. That is really horrible. Definitely size-ism!

Tammy said...

Ha, trying being fat AND a redneck! It's still acceptable to make fun of poor white southerners, too.

These people are afraid of real boobs. Or perhaps merely jealous?

Cheryl said...

You totally hit the nail on the head. The women on DWTS are practically naked. The women in the VS commercials? Provocative, to say the least. I guess that's okay, though, since they're all size zeros. UGH.

Anonymous said...

these people suck! Definitely discriminating!

Jodi said...

TOTALLY agree with you. You know that I've lost alot of weight, but I am STILL plus-sized so I know exactly what you are talking about with the whole discrimination thing. It really disgusts me that people can't accept others for who they are. I think that there is nothing wrong with this ad. They show those Victoria Secrets ads all the time. What about the Cialis and Viagra ads? Remember the old Herbal Essences ads where the sounds the women were making when they washed their hair? How come they were never removed? -- Ah yes, it's because they were all skinny!! It irks me to no end.

Screw ABC and FOX. LOL!

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