People Are Taking to Twitter to Share the First Time They Were Body-Shamed
These tweets are proving that women of all sizes deal with body-shaming.
Right at the heels of Aly Raisman speaking out against body shaming on Twitter, a new hashtag is encouraging people to share the first time they heard something negative about their bodies. Sally Bergesen, founder and CEO of a sportswear company called Oiselle, started the trend by sharing a story of her own using the hashtag #theysaid.
"'Keep eating like that and you're going to be a butterball.' My Dad when I was 12," she said. "Pls RT and share a body shaming comment."
Bergesen was hoping to start a conversation about how traumatizing and humiliating body-shaming can be, but she had no idea how quickly the hashtag would take off.
Twitter users across the country began sharing their own #theysaid stories-opening up about the first time they were criticized for their size, shape, diet, lifestyle, and more.
Several people were grateful that the hashtag provided a platform to share these kinds of stories-letting them know that they're not alone.
Bergesen has since followed up on all the tweets, advising people on how to respond to these body-shaming comments. "What replies can we arm our girls with?" she wrote. "I'll start: 'Actually, all bodies are different and I'm just right for me,'" she tweeted. As an alternative, Bergesen suggested: "'Thanks for objectifying me, a–hole.'"