Body Image Shaming Is Body Image Shaming

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In case you missed the announcement, Gal Gadot was recently cast to play the role of Wonder Woman in the next DC Comics superhero film, alongside Batman and Superman. While most WW fans think she is a good fit (WW was created during World War 2 to fight Nazis, and director Zak Snyder nods to this by cast Gadot, who is Israeli and served in the IDF), the fitness and strength community seems to view it as the greatest tragedy of our time. Below are some actual quotes from professional armchair critics from around the internet:

“D cup breasts and thicker body. She wasn’t even hot in FF she has no ass. Wonder woman is curvy voluptuous not some skinny drag queen.”

 “How can she play Wonder Woman? This b*tch looks anorexic and bulimic!”

“She needs to start EATING! She needs some curves, I don’t care too much for muscle…..toned of course, but CURVES PLEASE!”

“C’mon, don’t let gays choose actresses for boy’s movies. What will hold the corset wonder woman wears? Gadot is the worst choice!!!”

As you can clearly see, Gadot has violated several human rights issues by choosing to play the role of Wonder Woman. Many people seem to ignore the fact that Gadot has had extensive military training from her time in the IDF, and they insist a fitness model, or someone like Jessica Biel play her. If all it took to be a good actress was a six pack, pornography actors and actresses would be winning Oscars by now.

I am not sure which WW people remember from their childhood, but the only real difference I see between Gadot and Lynda Carter is breast size.

How about some male actors who played super heroes/ villains, before and after their roles?


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One of my points here is that it doesn’t really matter what an actor or actress looks like before a role, adding muscle or mass isn’t that difficult, especially when you are paid 7 figures and have people on staff who’s entire job is making you physically fill out the role.

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The main point of this article though, is body shaming. When people think of body shaming, they usually picture an obese individual sitting on a couch, surrounded by junk food. It is easy to judge photos like these, because it is just a photo, and you don’t personally know the individual in the photo, so who cares if you say something demeaning?

The same thing can be applied to photos of skinny men and women, especially mocked by fitness or strength individuals. While I think it is great that so many people have discovered lifting and enjoy it in their own lives, projecting your own disgust towards people who don’t look like you or have your goals does nothing to help them. In fact, I can’t think of many instances where body shaming has done anything to better someone’s life. Sure, some people may start lifting to “prove haters wrong”, but that definitely implies that there are some underlying self-conscious issues in the individual, and worse, they aren’t lifting to better themselves, but for the approval of others. Others might say that an obese individual is going to cost the mocker more money due to insurance premiums from health problems, so shaming is justified. How? How is shaming justified, and how will it fix the situation, besides making you temporarily feel better while spreading your rage to others?I myself am guilty of this too. I used to post photos of skinny guys and have a good laugh about it. I have since stopped posting mocking photos, as if the world needs another Bodybuilding or Crossfit page, whose only purpose is to mock other people’s lives. Posting and commenting on body shaming images and videos does nothing to better the mocked individual’s life, and does nothing to better your own. It is easy to fall in this shaming trap though, the herd mentality takes over, and we often take our own insecurities out on others to make ourselves feel better. In fact, some research shows that anger and hate are the most easily transmittable emotions on the Internet, much more transmittable than happiness. This is easy to see for yourself when you watch many people jump on a body shaming bandwagon on Facebook or Twitter.
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It doesn’t matter if you think someone is too fat or too skinny, shaming is shaming, and does nothing to better others or yourself. Don’t project your own insecurities on others, and if you had the sudden urge to shame someone online or in person, follow my easy four step system to cure you of your mocking habits:


Step 1: Shut your mouth
Step 2: Take your hands off the keyboard
Step 3: Get over yourself
Step 4: There is no step 4

Apply these to your life, let things go, and you might find yourself not being such an angry prick in the days to come.

  • awesome post!:D

  • Thanks for the attitude adjustment. Needed to hear all of that.

    In other news, can we condemn Ben Affleck as Batman, not because he’s a twerp, but because he already dorked up DareDevil? 😉

    • Jen

      Hedge, that’s not body shaming… just judging an actor based on their terrible job in previous roles. 😉

  • Very true, and I think we are all guilty of a bit of this, even when it is in the other direction (shaming unfit people or skinny girls who want that thigh gap). We do all have different goals and it is important to remember as long as someone is working on trying to be healthy or improve their lifestyle, let them be. Note to self. 😉

  • I am so glad you posted this!! I love seeing people step up for what is morally right especially when they have influence in the community to make a difference! This makes me glad to be a fan of LBEB.

  • Ann

    I love everything about this. Thank you!

  • Twitter and Instagram are full of that sort of thing. It’s easier for people to share their mind these days from the security behind their computer screen or phone. People are narcissistic douchebags sometimes.

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  • People have gotten very comfortable in shaming others publicy for body shape and size. It needs to stop, thank you for the post.

  • Well said!!

  • I’d say Step #4 is “Repeat steps 1-3.”