As a new year on Miss Underpinnings begins, another behind-the-scenes blog adviser is throwing back the curtain of anonymity. Known previously (and cryptically) as Miss Underpinnings' friend 'K', I am happy to have joined the writing corps of one of my favorite blogs on the internets!
Part of what has drawn me to Miss Underpinnings since the beginning (besides my unwavering devotion to its eponymous creator) is its commitment to debunking the myth that women's bodies come in one form. Hardly a revolutionary concept, but one that bears repeating... and repeating until we all begin to internalize and embrace body diversity.
As a feminist and women's college graduate (go Seven Sisters!), the subject of body image is near and dear to my heart. But my enthusiasm for continuing to engage body issues publicly is also deeply personal. I have been in the 95th percentile for height for most of my life and finally topped out at an even 6' around sophomore year of college. I have also been a consistent size 14/16 since butterfly hair clips were in. With 8'' on the average American woman and one foot solidly on each side of the straight/plus size divide, it's fair to say that I'm just... bigger than most ladies I run into on the street. And if we're to believe most fashion retailers, media outlets, and red carpet reporters, bigger does not equal better.
To combat this dangerous line of thinking and to avoid falling into a pit of acidic self-loathing, I have to deliberately remind myself: just because a store doesn't carry my size doesn't make me strange or unattractive. It's trite, but it's true -- people come in all shapes and sizes.