Writer’s Block: Do Women Think Size Matters? Oh, Yeah.

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By Corinne Wnek

Okay now, you can relax. This will not be a sexy, X-rated article about you know what. So let me offer my apologies to those who had hoped that this might be a wild, writing break through moment for me. It is not, although the most I will admit to is a little teasing. But ‘size’ is the topic, especially as seen through the eyes of women.

Women are notorious for being overly self-critical of themselves and of other women. Men are not immune from this, but women are the clear winners here. Maybe that’s because we compare ourselves to bony movie stars and supermodels and, of course, every other woman we see in the course of our day. In a split second, we send ourselves negative messages that tell us we simply aren’t as attractive as that woman over there. We magnify our imperfections and downplay our many excellent qualities.

Shopping can be a nightmare for women, too. There’s something about clothes labeled ‘missy’ that just doesn’t ring right when compared to ‘junior’ or ‘petite’. Many a woman has been brought to tears as she realizes her own body has turned against her and she is now shopping in the land of double digit sizes. When did this happen? Why did this happen? Boo hoo hoo. Who cares?

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, right? Remember Twiggy? She’s a thing of the past now and from recent pictures I’ve seen of her, well, she packed on a few pounds herself. If she took a tumble, what hope is there for the rest of us mortals? Go, enjoy the cheeseburger.

But what if numbers were taken out of the size equation and substituted with adjectives instead? Let’s say that the old size 12’s might now be labeled, ‘perky’. Size 14’s might become ‘vivacious’ and the 2 X’s could very well be known as ‘bootylicious’. You get the idea. What woman wouldn’t want to be perky, vivacious or bootylicious? See, it’s all a mind game. Ah, shopping has become enjoyable again!

We women need to take our own advice and be kinder to ourselves. We need new role models who reflect how mature women look and feel. We need to remember that one designer’s size 16 is another’s size 12. One brand’s extra large is another’s medium. And in the course of our life, what size we are is really is small potatoes.

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