For centuries, humans have glorified the sleek and slim women. Recently, an American Journalist and TV News anchor at WREG, Nina Harrelson took it to Twitter about how she was blatantly thrown with a comment that she looks huge on TV. She tweeted about the incident and said, “FYI – journalists are not models… And I can assure you, none of us want to hear your opinions on our bodies. WE ARE NOT YOUR EYE CANDY.”
She further tweeted that such comments do not impact her anymore after completing 9 years in the media industry. The tweet also read that she pities women who are going to step into the media profession about being body-shamed while their male colleagues are not likely to face such bullying. Even though her tweet received support from a lot of people standing up against body-shaming and bullying, she made a follow-up tweet saying that she spotted a comment that read “she needs keto and some weights.”
According to the survey carried out by TheaCare in 2018, it was found that women are the most affected by body shaming. It shows that 69% of them fear to get fat and 55% of them have received comments on their body shape at one point or the other. This is a phenomenon observed all over the world.
This clearly indicates that women are persistently expected to follow the “standards” set by society. It is astonishing how even in 2019, women are still told to look in a certain manner. Despite the fact that women are standing up against body-shaming and voicing-out how it affects them psychologically, surfacing of such cases on social media is not very indicative of the world walking towards progress.