Comedienne Amy Schumer’s weight has been a recurring headline because, well, she’s female and famous. So either it’s trolls declaring her unfuckable for being greater than a size 4, or women’s magazines promoting her as a poster girl for plus-size glamour. That’s what Glamour did for a its first ever “plus-size issue,” and without consulting Schumer.
For the former, the celebrated satirist responded with the blistering and brilliant 12 Men Inside Amy Schumer. For the latter, she offers this statement:
I think there's nothing wrong with being plus size. Beautiful healthy women. Plus size is considered size 16 in America. I go between a size 6 and an 8. @glamourmag put me in their plus size only issue without asking or letting me know and it doesn't feel right to me. Young girls seeing my body type thinking that is plus size? What are your thoughts? Mine are not cool glamour not glamourous
Schumer then took the post to Twitter, asking followers for their thoughts.
Here’s ours: Schumer is not plus-size.
As our own Genevieve Burgess explains, “(Glamour is) applying a modeling term to non-models, basically. ‘Straight size’ models are 0-2 (but would have been 4-6 about 10-20 years ago, digging through my mom’s closet and trying on old clothes really showed the size shift that started around 2000) and ‘plus size’ models are 6 and up. But as a PERSON I think you don’t hit ‘plus size’ until you’re above the average size for a woman in the US, size 12.”
Schumer argues that projecting fashion model standards onto the public is a distortion that’s not helpful on matters of body-loving or self-acceptance. And some of her famous friends have some points to add.
First up, SNL’s Little Baby Aidy notes she’d have been a better pick for this particular plus-sized and proud piece:
@amyschumer & u kno my ass was available. 💅🏻💕— Aidy Bryant (@aidybryant) April 5, 2016
And Portlandia’s Carrie Brownstein points out the problem with isolating plus-size women in a “special edition” issue:
It’s a sentiment echoed by others.
I don't think labels are the way to go. Singling women out for their size, and making a point about it is never glamorous @amyschumer— Juliette Gash (@JulietteGash) April 5, 2016
@amyschumer 'plus size' is just another way of splitting us into uniformed groups, putting a label on people's appearance.— Kathryn Williams (@KathW80) April 5, 2016
Outspoken author Jenny Trout is also opposed to Schumer being labeled “plus size.” But she’s not thrilled with Schumer’s response to it either:
My thought? "Plus-sized" has become a term for women who feel bad for not being a size-four, but want to claim they're body positive.— Jenny Trout (@Jenny_Trout) April 5, 2016
When someone gets called "plus-sized", then asks for "thoughts" about it, they're asking for people to tell them they're not fat.— Jenny Trout (@Jenny_Trout) April 5, 2016
Proudly stating that you're not ashamed of your body when you're literally the physical ideal for women's bodies is not "brave."— Jenny Trout (@Jenny_Trout) April 5, 2016
Also, these "plus-sized" women can shut their pie holes (get it? They all LOVE to eat, tee hee!) about getting rid of the term for clothing.— Jenny Trout (@Jenny_Trout) April 5, 2016
If I have to listen to your dumb size six ass talk about how much you hate exercising/love pizza, I get to know where to shop. Fuck off.— Jenny Trout (@Jenny_Trout) April 5, 2016
So what do you think? Sound off in comments.
Kristy Puchko lives in
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