Tons of words to choose from in the English language. None affect me more than the word
I hate the word: skinny
It feels derogatory.
Skinny takes me back to high school and the never ending quest to be the perfect form.
Skinny reminds me of a close friend who nearly killed herself with starvation in that quest.
So, when Bethenny Frankel came out with her Skinnygirl brand ~ it had me conflicted.
I love Bethenny!
- she’s real and
- she’s strong and
- she’s fierce and
- she’s smart.
- she promotes healthy eating and reasonable exercise
All of these qualities and views are good and admirable. The word choice for her brand in my opinion?
She is naturally thin and the word skinny probably has a different feel to her. Okay, I can see that ~ but it doesn’t feel that way to me.
I bought her cookbook, and I winced.
I bought her yoga workout, and I winced.
I bought them because I like Bethenny and both of the products are great. I haven’t made a recipe from the book that I didn’t like and I love the workout.
there’s that word… skinny.
When I hear or see that word, I think of my friend and remember her struggle for her life. I remember watching her body deteriorate, fighting anorexia.
I wonder how SHE feels when she sees that word or hears it.
I wonder how the millions of girls who quest for the ultimate skinny feel about it.
I wonder how those lying in hospital beds at 60 lbs, unable to eat, suffering from anorexia, feel about it.
What kind of feelings does the word skinny stir up in you? Are there any other words that you feel strongly about?