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Responsibly Handmade Fashion by Jean Chung

Don't make fun of skinny people.

Jean Chung2 Comments

hurtful I occasionally check on Ravelry pages of my own designs to see if it's being talked about in a forum, and see if I can help with anyone who has questions about my patterns. Then in a forum that was talking about the last Spring issue of Knitscene in which my Lost Garden tee was featured, I came across these hurtful comments.

Nobody in their right mind would openly make fun of obese or fat people on a public forum like Ravelry. Then what makes it more acceptable to make fun of skinny people?

What is "TOO THIN?"

If the model were to see this comment, will she be hurt? OF COURSE.

I didn't make any comments on that forum, since it'll not only be off-topic, but also be waste of my time. I can almost see the comback -- "but she's wayyy to skinny; the media promotes skinny people like that when they are actually sick." or "Real women have curves!" or "she probably has an eating disorder."

Well you know what?

Real women come in all shapes and sizes; skinny people are included. Some women just don't have curves.

There's a higher chance of her NOT having any eating disorder than having one. Just because someone is concerned about how she looks, doesn't mean she's mentally ill. I don't immediately go thinking, "omg, fat people must be lazy," what makes people feel it's more acceptable to say that about skinny people?

Knitting magazines hardly represent "the media" the society is concerned about when discussing extremely skinny models. In fact, I see more variety of sizes in knitting magazines than others. I simply cannot understand people who think it's okay to make fun of people for the way they are--looks, intellect, etc. These people are cyber-bullies, and it makes me sad that while we focus on cyber bullying at school and for kids, not enough people talk about adult bullies and how their behaviors probably cultivates bullying behaviors in children.