Phicklephilly – Fat And Curvy Are Not The Same

In the last few years, it has become the so-called “polite” thing to call a fat person “curvy” so as to appear less harsh/make them feel sexier and more desired/appear to be accepting of anything other than a size 0.

And while politeness, skirting the issue, and trying to find a way to accept such a body shape is no bad thing, we need to stop lumping (excuse the pun) these people together with actual curvy girls. This is not a fat-shaming exercise; it’s simply an observation about the way we view body image. Curves imply arcs, parts of the body that wave in and out—not rolls of excess fat and skin, sagging over the bones it’s meant to be covering.

It’s bad enough that we have to contend with the fact that plus-size models are actually still below the average dress size of women in the country, but to lump all those not fitting one boyish, skinny frame as “curvy” is just obscene. You wouldn’t call a rectangle a square because it has the same number of sides, so why should you bundle together different types of women who are completely different just because their clothes are labeled above a certain number?

It may be harsh to say, but there’s no way a healthy naturally curvy girl wants to be thought of in the same bracket as someone who resembles the Stay Puff Marshmallow Man, or the Michelin Man… looking like their kneecaps will crumble under their own weight in a few years. Curvy is Amber Rose. (Pictured above) Curvy is no more Melissa McCarthy than it is Kate Moss any day of the week. So why is it easy for us to distinguish skinny from athletic, athletic from curvy, but not curvy from a more rounded figure to a clinically obese person?

If we want to accept all body types and people of all shapes and sizes, shouldn’t we first establish that there are actual major differences in body types? Forget the numbers, the labels, the scales, and everything else—just use your eyes. There’s a visible difference. This is fact. So let’s address it.

We may be years away from the fashion industry opening up to the possibility of shapes other than a straight, thin line, but we can all start to change our own attitudes today. Be real, and be honest for crying out loud.

Now this is CURVY …. And it is GLORIOUS.

Fucking Gorgeous!!!

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12 thoughts on “Phicklephilly – Fat And Curvy Are Not The Same”

  1. This is the kind of thing that goes round and round and round in fashion circles. The problems with vanity labelling (when clothing sizes are deliberately dropped to flatter customers as people get bigger), model agency rules about hiring a ‘range’ of sizes and catwalk shows where emaciated models are still the standard shape and eating disorders are still rife. Also, battles continue in the plus size industry when it comes to promoting healthy body weights and what is considered plus size and what is ‘fat’. And like all things in fashion, it becomes a fad, a trend and then it disappears and nothing really changes. The labelling has changed a lot because on the face of it shaming is not cool. Fat is a bad word and you can’t use it, even if someone obviously is. When I see curvy I think ‘oh she means overweight’. I just do because I’ve seen the label used like that all the time. I describe myself as having an hourglass figure. Now imagine an hourglass and there you have me. To be hour glass there has to be 8 inches between your waist and your bust and hip measurements, whatever those measurements are.

    1. Thank you for this great comment. I absolutely agree with you. You make a great statement here. Hour glass is a terrific look as well. Like some of the classic beauties like Marilyn Monroe.

      1. Thank you. I work in fashion so I am faced with all these horrible truths and problems all the time. Womens figures have changed a lot over the years. Hour glass figures were not unusual. These days lots of girls are very straight, very androgenous. I’m sure it’s all the e numbers in our food and chemicals in our water that’s got something to do with it. As for weight, well modern society is geared around food, convenience and our lives are very sedentary. Mankind is a changed creature unrecognisable from say 40 years ago. I guess this is part of evolution.

      2. Interesting. You make a good point about how we are surrounded by food now and it’s even easier to get without leaving home. Evolution indeed.

  2. Glad you noticed never mistake a fat slob as curvy; also you have some women who have nice curvy hips and a butt that is per portion to their legs but their fat stomach spoils it; hopefully the tits don’t sag…..

    1. Hopefully the balls haven’t stretched and flattened out the sack to your knees. True, George?
      Fat slob, fat stomach, saggy tits 🙄….seriously. Can we add in a weak eye and mouth drool to top off the insult list? Goodness!

  3. I used to be 60 lbs heavier than I am now so I have been fat!! Was I ever offended to be told I was fat? No, because the fact of the matter is that I was fat!! I don’t think we need to label people but we do need to be realistic. I think sometimes in our effort to be more politically correct we actually take things to an extreme.
    Personally I wish we would spend more time taking the focus of “what is a perfect body” to “what is a healthy body”

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