Sometimes, all it takes is a simple meme to point out the gender disparities in media coverage — just ask Rihanna.
According to Vogue, the “Love on the Brain” singer took to Instagram this week to respond to online body shamers who were criticizing her weight. After one male blogger wrote that her “purportedly fuller figure made her look like she was wearing a ‘sumo suit,'” Vogue says that Rihanna clapped back in the most bad-gal way there is: by “posting before/after shots of rapper Gucci Mane that are ten years and a good 20 pounds apart on Instagram” with a caption that read “If you can’t handle me at my 2007 Gucci Mane, you don’t deserve me at my 2017 Gucci Mane.”
In posting the meme, Vogue offers that Rihanna is shedding light on the fact that “men rarely need to defend their bodies” in the way that women constantly do.
Let’s hope that Rihanna starts a chain-reacton of letting people of all sizes own and love their bodies as they are — and without criticism.
Girls are strong, and if you can’t see it, get over it — that’s the message behind Olympian Aly Raisman’s latest string of tweets directed at some very rude body shamers.
According to For The Win, Raisman shared a recent encounter with some less-than-friendly TSA agents who identified her by her muscles and continued to comment on her appearance. Raisman tweeted that while one said she “recognized [her] by [her] biceps,” the other male TSA agent said he didn’t see her muscles and then proceeded to stare at the gymnast.
Calling the situation “rude and uncomfortable,” Raisman went on to school everyone on what body shaming means.
“I work very hard to be healthy & fit. The fact that a man thinks he judge my arms pisses me off I am so sick of this judgmental generation,” she tweeted. “If u are a man who can’t compliment a girls [muscles] you are sexist. Get over yourself. Are u kidding me? It’s 2017. When will this change?”
Hopefully tweets like Raisman’s can at least begin to change this culture.
Female celebrities have long been subject to critical comments on their appearances, and the onslaught of numerous social media sites has only ignited further criticism. Modern Family star Ariel Winter has recently faced such negative commentary, and she took it upon herself to fire back at her critics.
According to an article Entertainment Weekly reposted from People, Winter, 17, recently posted a photo of her and her two young nieces on a beach in which she wore a bandeau-style bikini while her nieces wore baseball hats and life vests.
The seemingly-innocent photo garnered a deluge of negative comments, prompting Winter to post a response photo: an image of the back of a woman’s legs “which are marked like a ruler with words like ‘provocative’ and ‘slut’ to allude to an association between hemlines and perception.”
In the photo’s caption, Winter wrote, “Who knew that an innocent photo with my nieces would turn into this? The height of a girl’s skirt or whatever she is wearing for that matter, does not imply what she is asking for.” She continued in her post to say that she normally does not address the mean comments said about her online, but in this instance, she felt compelled speak out for other girls who have been bullied in this way.
Winter closed her post by telling her fans that they are beautiful and what they wear is only a form of self expression, not a means for “asking for anything.”
“Celebrate you,” she wrote, “and don’t let anyone’s comments allow you to think less of yourself. Us girls have to stick together!!!!!!”
Yes, we do have to stick together. Thanks Ariel Winter for speaking up against Internet bullies and asserting your own worth.