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Do you feel the same way about being called a Plus Size?

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.

I am trying to educate the fashion industry by contacting companies everytime I find "plus size" discremination. The following letter to 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.
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  • PEAJAY50
    Keep in mind change NEVER happens overnight. Constant oiling keeps a wheel from squeaking. Or changing the wheel is a solution as well, but eventually it too will squeak.

    Your cause will experience all that, and more; ups, downs, stand-stills, and yes, stand-alones. For reference remember civil rights, suffrage movements, handicap access and employment – how long did it take for change to be implemented, and then realize what goes on behind the scenes to KEEP those changes progressive.

    As for being called a Plus Size, I dont mind… alas my view point is a bit radical. To me society, the fashion world and especially the CDC must have their “labels”. I guess it keeps things organized. More to the point, labeling categorizes people - those who are not considered THEIR “norm” - within a hierarchical cast system. My humble long standing view point, of course.

    Don’t let that hinder you. You are a women set out to make change. I encourage you to keep the lobbying going, whether alone or with a group. But don’t rely on others ALWAYS being there, they may not equal your fervor. ALWAYS keep your “Average” campaign alive within you.

    From your 5'3", 257 pound, medium-large frame, blog reader.
    1847 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/1/2013 8:51:18 AM
  • DEE107
    I agree with you too
    1848 days ago
    Yes. I like to sew, too. I hate the whole Plus Size/Big and Tall idea, anyway.
    Just keep counting up in sizes, no need to have different sections. As for sewing patterns, how hard is it to blow them up just a couple more sizes and market them? It's not like the few inches of tissue paper are that expensive!
    I always had trouble with this, even when I was skinny, because I'm 5'11'', and "big" just means wider, not longer in most cases. Half the time, I buy shirts and pants in the mens' section, just to get the right length. Those clothing manufacturers don't know how much money they are losing; a lot of women I know do the same thing.

    1848 days ago
    That is great that you can sew your clothes. They always fit better then. At least the Plus Size clothes are a lot nicer now!
    1848 days ago
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