A few days back, I went through a piece of writing, where the author described different social experiences of being a skinny woman. Of course, those were ugly. For me though, things have not been that worse, but I too encounter unnecessary blame i.e. that in the name of maintaining a slim body, I do not eat properly or worry about my health. But it is not very difficult to realize that my sexual appeal is the only thing cooking in the minds of most of them. A few female friends also show jealousy.
But hey world, my body’s size has nothing to do with my fitness. And I am as happy with it as I was when I used to have more weight. If I found myself cuter in those days, now I feel lighter and more energetic.
Please stop judging a woman’s health or sex appeal from her outward appearances. She did not come to this world just to satisfy you. And everyone cannot have a typical Durga, Laxmi, Saraswati like body who have plump but proportionate shapes.
We live in a country, where if a woman exceeds the standard of weight often imposed by our society or the media, people will start to call her ‘Hidimba’, or ‘hippo’ and if one maintains a body size lower of that standard, either she is judged as an ultra-modern chick or she lacks sex appeal.
So, we often get to see girls stop eating and fainting due to low blood pressure or some even take artificial medicines just to gain weight and get married (I have seen in a recent commercial).
Will a time come when women will not be judged only by appearances? Will a time come when we will learn to ignore those taboos and be comfortable with our own bodies?
Sujata Hati Baruah