Today, on my way to get lunch, I passed this sign in the window of plus-size retailer Lane Bryant:Evidently, the company refers to the currency used in their frequent buyer program as "Real Women Dollars." Listen, I understand that it's probably difficult to wear a larger size in a culture that glorifies thinness and stigmatizes women with curves as gross or unhealthy. This fact is ridiculous, sad, and unfair.
What I do not understand though, is why in supporting one body type our culture feels it necessary to degrade another. Real women dollars? What about lacking curves fails to make me legitimately female? Shouldn't a woman be allowed to be "womanly" regardless of her body type?
In the pursuit of body acceptance, I think it is important that we, as people, try to distance ourselves from this sort of "othering" language. Just because we are going to welcome larger women into the idea of beauty, it does not mean we need to ostracize smaller women in the process.