Shame on the body shamers
BODY shaming has become a disturbing trend in modern society. It has been with us throughout the ages, but technology and social media have turned body shaming into almost an art form.
The stories of women who have been body shamed are truly disturbing, and you begin to wonder how one human being can torment another in this way. The effects on the mind of victims is long-lasting and affects every facet of their life.
“I quit my physical education classes for good when I was mocked by my classmates, who screamed that I wouldn’t endure the exercises,” one victim said.
“As I grew fatter, people told me I was going to explode. I looked like an older woman, and my mother looked younger than me. My boyfriend left me and told me to look in the mirror because I had no structure to be his wife as I looked like a whale,” she said.
But now a group of women are trying to turn the tide of abuse, by embracing their body size. With no laws to fight body shaming or any other kind of bullying, awareness has emerged as the only way to reverse the trend. Hence Uabalika, an anti-body shaming movement started by women, using social media. Uabalika means beautiful in Xisena, a Mozambican language.
“My experience showed that, more than clothes, I needed to show people being overweight doesn’t have to be associated with being ugly or not normal. I knew overweight people can be beautiful,” said founder Andraa Massamba.
We applaud Massamba and her organisation for their bravery in a world that is often unforgiving towards women.