Thursday, January 31, 2013
Do you feel the same way I do about being called a Plus Size? According to the CDC Anthropomorphic census the average women in the United States is 5'3.8" and weighs 166 lbs. and has a waist measurement of 37.5". That's definitely a "plus size" woman by definition. So why are we "plus size" woman not considered average? Read the history of Lane bryant to know the beginning of a differentiation of the "plus size" woman. It isn't complete but you might find it interesting. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La
I am trying to educate the fashion industry by contacting companies everytime I find "plus size" discremination. The following letter to Simplicity.com I sent when I became frustrated that I couldn't find a pattern I have been wanting for a long time that New Look pattern is making only up to a size 18. (Whern I was a size 18, 40 years ago, I was told I was fat and needed a stout size pattern to fit me. At the time I delt with height discremination too at 6'0".)
"It’s more than time that New Look patterns acknowledge that the plus size woman is the most common size in the USA. A pattern like #6587 Misses Dresses is more than appropriate for a plus size. In addition I would like to see plus size no longer called that. We are the average woman and should not be considered a pariah. This isn’t addressed to just your company but your company is part of the problem and needs to see it.
I hope this is not a one women crusade and that all the rest of you "average women" are on the same bandwagan. The squeeky wheel gets fixed. So let's all of us Sparkspeople Squeek.