One male Facebook user has discovered what any woman who wears clothes learned long ago: sizes can be completely absurd.
On May 5, Facebook user Benjamin Ashton Cooper posted two photos of himself wearing his girlfriend’s clothing to make an important point. As Cooper wrote in his post, he was helping his girlfriend clean out her closet when he noticed something off about the clothing she was giving away.
“I noticed that a lot of what she was getting rid of was of the XL size,” Cooper wrote. “That didn’t look right to me, and here’s why: They fit me. I don’t say that to be silly or ironic. It pisses me off.”
Cooper explained why this made him so upset:
“I am not an extra large man, and, more importantly, a woman my size is NOT an extra large woman. This bullshit right here is why we have 8 year olds with eating disorders. This shit right here is why men shout ‘fucking fat hog!’ at even nominally curvy girls on the street. This is why men who think sexism is a ‘myth’ perpetuated by liberal pussies are Full. Of. Shit.”
The post has been shared over 284,000 times as of Thursday afternoon, with many people writing comments of support.
Cooper explained to The Huffington Post why he wanted to bring attention to this issue.
“There seem to be little hints all throughout society that tell women: ‘Maybe you’re just not quite good enough…’ and this was just one of those things,” he said. “They all add up.”
He added that labels such as clothing size is harmful to everyone, but women especially. “Labeling creates a stigma around women’s bodies, and teaches us that the size of a woman is more important than the health or lifestyle of a woman,” Cooper said. “And these issues are very current. When well over half of women in the country are considered ‘plus-size,’ and can’t find clothes that fit in the vast majority of clothing retailers, the sizing scale is detrimentally flawed.”
Cooper ended his Facebook post on a perfect note, writing: “Fuck body shaming.”
Yes to all of this, Mr. Cooper.
Story Credit: Huffington Post