Health

Woman Posts About Getting Body Shamed by a Stranger

June 28th 2016

By:
Laura Donovan

A Texas woman's Facebook post about being criticized for wearing shorts in public is going viral and sparking a heated debate about body shaming.

Brynne Huffman, who shared the post on her personal Facebook account before the page Love What Matters reposted it, wrote that she was in line at UPS when a woman who appeared to be around 60 years old complimented her hair and tan. Then, another woman chimed in and told Huffman, "Your hair really is amazing. You should probably rethink the shorts though." This caused Huffman "rage" and to tell the woman that she should rethink the "COEXIST" shirt she was wearing. 

Huffman wrote that it's mind-boggling that people still consider fat-shaming acceptable in a day age when society tells us not to judge others on race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. She wrapped up by saying it's wrong to make assumptions about plus sized individuals.

"Plus sized doesn't necessarily mean unhealthy," she wrote. "Plus sized doesn't necessarily mean lazy. Plus sized doesn't mean ugly or undesirable or untalented or uncoordinated or LESS. THAN. HUMAN. You might have an issue with my body. I don't. And I've worked very hard past judgmental family and friends, past divorce, past depression to NOT have an issue with my body. Women. Do not tear each other down. Celebrate each other."

The post has garnered a lot of support on the Facebook page Love What Matters:

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One commenter talked about the profound impact of complimenting someone else's appearance:

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Huffman has been pleased with the responses to her post:

 

 

As of writing time, Huffman's message has been shared more than 108,000 times, and liked more than 47,000 times. So while public body shaming might still be common, messages calling for a more body-positive approach are clearly gaining traction.