Refinery29 (my semi-guilty pleasure, honestly) is rolling out a campaign to include plus sizes more completely from casting calls to style reviews, etc etc. I’m not surprised. They’ve been moving in that direction for a while. It’s a nice idea, in the mild way that a capitalist effort can rarely achieve. I like a lot of what they post. It’s typically pretty well-researched and/or curated. I might read more of the style posts if I felt like they really had any prayer of including me. Remains to be seen how it will play out, of course.
But the comments! Why do I ever read the comments??? They’re 75% women who combine slim and petite whining about how no one gives THEM a pity party, they ALWAYS see Ls and XLs and 14s in stores (ah yes, all the plus sizes). Women pretending that plus sizes are en entirely contemporary phenomenon (why do they always think this) that should be eradicated, etc etc etc. Women working in that THEY are a size 2 or 4 when it doesn’t really apply to the rest of their comment. “Try finding petites!” they say, conveniently unaware that there are plus size petites. And perhaps worst of all, the self-punishing size 16s and 20s who want you to know they’re “trying to slim down” and don’t appreciate “supporting unhealthy lifestyles.”
I don’t have a final comment. I’m just sad.