The fact that women can or cannot fit into a size zero really wasn’t the issue at the time. The point of the post was addressed at how ridiculous the idea of a size ‘0’ seemed. Zero, it’s not even a number. What did ‘zero’ say about women? What was the message? Intentional or not, why was it negative?
Since then there has been a lot of response from women who have expressed their frustration and sometimes anger over their own struggles finding clothes that fit their petite frames. Some women find it impossible to find clothes that fit them and this particularly becomes a problem when one is looking for professional clothes, or age appropriate clothing when forced to shop in the teen department.
Focusing on the Wrong Issue
In an article written by Rebecca Gardyn in American Demographics, in 2003, titled, ‘The Shape of Things to Come’ she discusses these changes in fashion, consumer demand and sizing. Here’s an excerpt from the article:
[quote]”The size and shape of the “average” American consumer today is dramatically different from 60 years ago. Nevertheless, apparel companies still develop clothing lines based on the proportions of 1940s models. As poor fit and lack of comfort compromise clothes marketers’ bottom lines, they are investing more into researching size issues and problems, a complex matrix of challenges ranging from new body hefts to an evolving zeitgeist with regard to normal, attractive and healthy appearances.”[/quote]
Because the average American women is slightly larger on average than in previous decades, a shift in sizing to meet the needs of the consumer has created a problem for women who had previously been able to purchase clothes on the smaller side of the size spectrum.
All this being said it causes me concern to read some of the comments (on both sides of the size issue), that often go beyond the pale of criticism of the fashion industry and take aim directly at women.
Resentment towards women who are more petite, round, tall, short or have other body composition issues that may cause them difficulty finding clothes is not where we want to go on this blog – ever.
Truly Practicing Self Acceptance Means…
We talk a lot about ‘accepting your wonderful self’, at Green Mountain at Fox Run, but it is equally important to practice self love and acceptance for all women and not misplace our frustration and resentment towards each other. To begin to feel we ‘hate’ other ‘fat’ or ‘skinny’ women because we can’t find clothes to fit us is beneath us all.
We welcome all women on this blog and we encourage open and uncensored discussion, but we can’t support intolerance towards each other.
Remember, self-acceptance means unconditional appreciation and support for who you are now and supporting others who are struggling to reach that same self-acceptance every day.
We encourage you to learn to love your body, while respecting other’s journey to do the same thing