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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.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PEAJAY50 2/1/2013 8:49AM

  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.

Comment edited on: 2/1/2013 8:51:18 AM

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DEE107 1/31/2013 11:22PM

    I agree with you too

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THESUBY 1/31/2013 9:49PM

    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.

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PATRICIA441 1/31/2013 9:28PM

    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!

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