Society: Making Girls Feel Bad About Their Size Since Day One

My smart student sets up Lindy West’s visit this Thursday night at 7 PM. No ticket required. This is a free and open event!

Words by Megan Michael

When I was a twelve-year-old in seventh grade, I was given my first BMI test; I was about 4’10, 125 pounds, and mostly muscle – but the nurse sent home a paper with me, which said that I was overweight. Needless to say, my overwhelmingly feminist mother was beyond pissed, and made sure the school knew how she felt: “Who the hell do you think you are to tell my size-4, 12-year-old that she’s fat?!” I knew it was bullshit, that it was misogynistic math that just wanted to make me feel terrible about myself, but that didn’t stop me from being a little put-down. I was petite, fit in little girls’ jeans from Limited Too, and could lift twice my weight with my thunder-thighs (a term that I use 100% lovingly), but that piece of paper made me feel pretty bad. Every time I think about it, my…

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