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Is Size Acceptance the New Feminism?


Is Size Acceptance the New Feminism?

Is Size Acceptance the New Feminism?

Is Size Acceptance the New Feminism?

I am constantly mulling over the term “plus size” and whether or not I like it. At a recent gathering of women at my home, where there were women of all shapes and sizes, one of the questions that came up was whether or not the term “plus size” is outdated. Does a thin woman have to say she is a minus size? Why can’t we just be women? What does size really have to do with anything? Does it define our interests, careers, hobbies, sex life, fashion choices, etc.?

I am a size acceptance activist because like the early feminists of the twentieth century, like Betty Friedan, who were demanding to have the same rights as men, I want to help extinguish the stigma that women are only valued by the thinness of their bodies. Don’t get me wrong, I also don’t think that women should be valued for the largeness of their bodies either. Beauty is subjective. And as responsible members of the media, it’s imperative that we offer readers a wide array of content and images of women who represent the diversity of who we are.

Is Size Acceptance the New Feminism?

Is Size Acceptance the New Feminism?

When we judge other women based on their physical attributes—“she’s too thin,” “look at her fat thighs,”—we are doing a disservice to all women. Let us first accept ourselves and our sisters, regardless of appearance, and then we can raise a generation of girls who love themselves unconditionally.


About Pia: Pia Schiavo-Campo is a Los Angeles based size acceptance activist, writer, actress, improvisor and plus size model.  She loves challenging the media’s narrow definition of beauty through her work with her blog Curvy, Sexy, Chic.  Pia is living her dreams every day.



  1. Classy Dame

    March 26, 2013 at 9:02 am

    I can tell you from first hand experience “Feminism” is riddled with the same misconceptions and judgment of overweight bodies as the rest of society….but if they want to “spin” the movement that way to stress it’s importance then by all means…

  2. Limarie

    March 26, 2013 at 11:00 am


  3. tavyday

    March 26, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    SHARING! Dope write!

  4. Rosemary

    March 26, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    I’m so glad my younger curvaceous sisters have come to the conclusion that the word plus-size is outdated. Congratulations. Unfortunately the English language doesn’t offer many positive words that we can use instead, in order to deflect criticism. I began RoseMary’s NoteBook© (a self esteem initiative for plus-size women) here in Australia back in 199l, with the same message. First accept yourselves and then portray yourself as a confident woman. Why do we need to say we’re plus size women – we’re women with the same needs as our slimmer sisters. Magazines and media need to realise too that they’re there for ALL women of ALL ages, sizes and shapes and so should include the more generously curved woman in each and every issue as a matter of course. RoseMary’s NoteBook© at

  5. Editor-In-Chief, Stephanie Penn

    March 26, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    You make some great points Rosemary! I love your comment, “we’re women with the same needs as our slimmer sisters.”

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