Body Shaming and the Rampant Judgement of Women
Body Shaming. “The action or practice of humiliating someone by making mocking or critical comments about their body shape or size.” – Oxford English Dictionary
Standing in the middle of the Mall of America with my newborn son in a back splitting BabyBjorn, another son on my hip and my 3-year-old crying his eyes out, I was body shamed.
Not nearly as bad as some women are, but believe me, it still hurt. I am not sure how this other woman, who very boldly came up to me to protest her thoughts and judgment, couldn’t see the bags under my eyes, the sagging in my back from carrying these three boys around and the exhaustion oozing from my every pore. No, instead she chose to criticize me.
I was wearing a T-shirt with Cookie Monster on it that said, “