I'm in a moms group where one of the members, a naturally thin mom, posted this meme and expressed hurt feelings over it.
I agree. It's not nice to compare skinny people to a bone with no meat. (Actually, it's pretty offensive to compare any woman to any cut of meat.)
Skinny shaming is bad and shouldn't happen.
shaming is institutionalized in our culture and often even excused or encouraged by a
"concern for the health" of those who are overweight. It will take a
huge effort by our society to shift away from the cultural norm of feeling
revulsion toward overweight people.
Images like this one go too far in
the opposite direction of trying to change the institutionalized
prejudice toward overweight people by degrading skinny people and I don't like it.
think the reason why many people don't respond with sympathy when naturally thin people complain about being made fun of is similar to why many
non-religious people don't respond with sympathy toward Christians when they complain
about being persecuted for their beliefs.
thin is the default 'good' in our culture... Being Christian is the
default 'good' in our country... Even if an individual skinny person is
mocked for their weight (or an individual Christian is criticized for
their beliefs) that doesn't change the fact that there is a pervasive
value throughout our society that being thin is good and being fat is
bad (or being Christian is good and being an atheist is bad).
we all decide collectively to stop shaming differences and to embrace
that people look/think/believe/act differently—and that's o.k.—there
will always be little sympathy felt for those who (generally) benefit
from institutionalized prejudices in our society.