With social media today, it’s become way easier for bullies to send personal attacks to anybody and everybody. Whether it be on an outfit someone is wearing or how the person looks, people always have something to say.
People use Instagram, Facebook, and even Twitter to post pictures of themselves when they feel at their best. Usually, the photo that you feel good about goes up on your accounts. So it’s pretty crummy when people are there to shoot you down.
Body image is a huge target for bullies. People seem to have a huge say on what women should and shouldn’t wear according to their weight. More and more girls are getting shut down for wearing an outfit that they “shouldn’t” be wearing.
But Sara Petty has had enough with being told that only women with a certain body type should be able to wear certain items of clothing.
The 20-year-old student at Bowling Green State University in Ohio noticed people on Twitter commenting about what women of a certain weight should wear.
How did she get her message across? By posting four photos on Twitter in hopes to shut all those bullies and haters down.
The main message that she hoped to get through was simple: “Girls wear whatever the hell you want”
“I had seen a tweet from someone saying that 200-pound girls shouldn’t wear bikinis,” she told Huffington Post. After that, she continued doing more research on the topic.
She continued saying “I just did some quick searches and found a bunch of similar tweets, so I decided I could do my part to chip away at body-shaming however I could.”
Even though the tweets weren’t a direct attack on Petty, she still felt offended and couldn’t ignore the cruelty behind them. She had to take some action. So she took 4 photos of herself.
The photos were copying those same selfies that “fit” girls take while wearing yoga pants and crop tops to show off their bodies.
Only her photos take on a different version, promoting not only overall female empowerment but body positivity as well. Her photos are a wake-up call for the way we think.
“I hope women realize how important it is to stop tearing each other down and uplift each other,” She wrote to HuffPost. “We have a lot going against us as women…”
Petty continued: “We don’t need other women against us, too…I also hope that girls are able to separate who they are from the number that shows up on the scale…”
Her strongest point is that there is no number that can tell you if you should feel beautiful. She realizes that body-shaming will always exist but we have to fight past it.