I normally do not talk about my personal beliefs on here, any politics, anything that may upset anyone, blah blah blah. But today, there’s something I gotta get off my chest that may upset a few people, but it just has to be said.
Last week the CEO of Abercrombie and Fitch said how he wasn’t going to make any clothes in sizes larger than a Size 10, and how he wants to market to ‘the cool kids’ and anyone else just doesn’t belong; and everyone got their American Eagle panties in a twist about it and thought it was just, the worst thing any man has ever done. (That’s already happened tweens, it’s called the Holocaust) There is even a damn petition to get him to change his business so a bunch of people can tell him how much he has hurt their feelings.
And all I have to say is, get the hell over it! So what that this man has a vision for his business that doesn’t suit you. Americans are fat and that is not something we should be just okay with.
I’m so fed up with hearing about it, it’s not even funny. There are plenty of businesses that market to a certain kind of person, and we’ve never been upset with it in the past; but as soon as a man starts talking about a woman’s weight we all gotta huddle together and call him a women hater and un-American. Well, let me tell you, I’m a size 4 and if I went into Lane Bryant or Cacique a plus size lingerie store I would be told “We don’t market to your size”.
From a marketing report, Lane Bryant’s marketing Mission/Vision statement is as follows: “Our continuing mission is to serve the lifestyle apparel needs of women wearing plus sizes with the very best service, fashion selection, value and fit.”
Now tell me, are all the skinny girls running to sign a petition against them?
And yet, do you see me freaking out? Stomping my foot and pouting like a little 5 year old because some store doesn’t make my size. Instead of crying because we’re a size 16 and can’t fit into a size we want, how about we get healthy? Stop eating the McDonald’s and walk a mile in a business owners shoes and understand that, this is America. You have the right to complain and whine about how a 100 year old company won’t do what you ask because it hurts your feelings. And he has the right do follow the vision he has for his business.
We all want the American Dream. But if you really think being a cookie cutter ‘American Girl’ means dressing in Abercrombie and saying “Like” every other sentence go right ahead and dream girl. But If you can’t get past getting upset because one man is telling you that you can’t fit in to his clothes, you aren’t the girl I thought you were. Be proud of who you are, but be respectful of other people do. Don’t like the way you look? Change it and have your Pretty Woman moment when you lose the weight and work it, but don’t condemn this man for his American Dream vision.
Yeah, we can’t all be blessed with a size zero figure, and who wants to be that skinny? But I guarantee you, 100% if I went into Lane Bryant, I’d get the same scowl this CEO is giving these girls. They’d look at me like I was crazy for coming in here, how dare I. But we don’t make a fuss about it. And that is called a double-standard.
We all know that there are stores directed to thinner people, and to the plus size women. There are stores for tall girls, and small girls, big boobed small boobed, and we don’t make any fuss about any of those stores until one we liked decides to say upfront what we all already know. So what’s the big freaking deal? We can sign all the little petitions we want, and cry and whine and stomp our foot like we are five, or we can prove people wrong. But we can’t blame the man who’s running the store because that’s his targeted audience.
So we’re not all model material big whoop. But should this man really be our number one enemy right now because he didn’t call you ‘cool’? If you’re just going to sit there and let one man define you, and believe him then you really are diluted. I promise life isn’t always like High School. And if you let it be, all your life will ever be is drama, drama, drama. Grow up. And if you really think Abercrombie and Fitch is like, the best fashion since the flapper dress…you probably don’t have good taste anyways.