Do fat people deserve to be bullied?

"She's obese, she can't run at all"

At the beginning of June, the sportswear manufacturer Nike also set up plus-size mannequins for the first time in its flagship store in London. This has sparked controversy among women in English-speaking countries.

"Nike normalizes obesity"
The occasion was a comment in the British daily newspaper «The Telegraph». In it, journalist Tanya Gold assumes cynicism of Nike. The mannequin is not just wearing size 44, which does not endanger women's health. Rather, she is very overweight. A woman with such masses is too fat to be able to just go jogging: “The new mannequin is obese in every way and is guaranteed not to prepare for a run in her shiny Nike sportswear. She can't run at all. She is likely pre-diabetic and on her way to a hip replacement. " Nike normalizes overweight with the doll and pretends that it is healthy.

"Even plump women can do sports"
Users criticized Tanya Gold on social media. For example, Tegwen Tucker wrote on Twitter that she had already run half marathons and marathons, even though she looked like the allegedly unsportsmanlike mannequin: "If you think that overweight women can't run, you've been living behind the mountains for the last few years." US author Roxane Gay wrote that full women can do sports too: “I train six days a week. I'm fat. I wear sportswear during exercise. And the earth keeps turning. " Plus-size blogger Callie Thorpe criticized a double standard: “It's ridiculous that fat people should be ridiculed, bullied and told to go to the gym to lose weight. While at the same time they are told on the other hand that they don't deserve sporty clothing for their bodies. Do you see how stupid that is? " Presenter and actress Jameela Jamil called on Gold and the Telegraph to apologize. The newspaper would not tolerate such a tirade of hatred against other minorities.

Average size dolls
In Great Britain, the department store chain Debenhams caused a sensation a few years ago by putting size 42 dolls in their shops. "42 is the average height of British women," was the rationale. "We want women to feel comfortable in their bodies and not be unsettled by completely unrealistic role models."


Subject-related interests of the author

Barbara Marti is editor and publisher of the online magazine «FrauenSicht».