Just read that the dutch ‘Skinny Anonymous’ wants to have the Dutch word for slender or meager out of the dictionaries because it would be offensive to skinny people. What a ridiculous idea! I am almost 2 meters tall (almost 6 ft 8) and only 75 kgs (165 pounds), so I guess you can call me skinny. I have never felt insulted or offended in any way to be called skinny, although I must say: it seems to be a lot easier for people to comment on skinny people than on fat people. Somehow people think being fat is more of a problem than being skinny. I have often wanted to ask people if they would dare to say the same kind of things to a fat person. Of course, sometimes I would like to have a ‘normal’ frame myself, but hey – I am not ashamed of who I am. To me, an initiative like this seems to come from some very frustrated people….
And now that I mention it: This holiday, I bathed in a tight swimsuit for the first time since I was 10 or so. I have been wearing wide shorts for a long time. Maybe there was a little shame involved anyhow?