We hear lots of talk about ‘real’ women these days. Folk moan that magazines don’t use images of ‘real’ women, labels don’t design for them, and that they’re having a hard time coping in a world full of supposedly perfect (I’m guessing ‘unreal’?) models, actresses and assorted celebrities. However, in their attempts to right these supposed wrongs, many people are actually making it worse by alienating an awful lot of the women they are championing.
Real women all have curves, apparently. Well, I know plenty of most-certainly 100% real* women who don’t. I know short, tall, curvy, straight, fat, thin, toned, squishy, flat-chested and large-breasted women. My friends, colleagues and acquaintances come in all shapes and sizes. Whether or not they fit any stereotype, they are all women and they are most definitely all real. Hell… even models are real people too. So, can we please stop all this nonsense now?
* By this I mean “being or occurring in fact or actuality; having verifiable existence”. I’m certainly not questioning anyone’s gender.