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there were women of all shapes and sizes, one of the questions that came up was whether or not the term “plus size” is outdated.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.
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.