1. This is Deena Shoemaker, a 27-year-old youth mentor from Wichita, Kansas. She has a very important, and very true, message about women’s clothing sizes.
2. They basically mean nothing.
Shoemaker’s church was collecting warm clothing donations for a family whose home burned down, so she starter rooting around in her closet. She realized that she owned pants and shorts in a wide variety of sizes, yet they all fit the same.
“When I go shopping I always expect to spend a couple hours trying everything on because sizes are so different, even within the same companies and same brands,” Shoemaker told BuzzFeed.
“Just a few months ago I spent an hour in a store trying on pants and only managed to walk out with one pair.”
3. But as women know, clothing sizes are more than just inconvenient. We get fed messages about how our pants size correlates to our self-worth — but Shoemaker is over it.
4. She posted an image of herself wearing four different pant sizes with a message that we need to stop idealizing certain sizes.
“I’ve listened to countless girls tell me about their new diets and weight loss fads. I’ve [had] girls sob in my arms and ask me, ‘if I were skinnier, would he have stayed?’ I’ve counseled girls who were skipping meals. I’ve caught some throwing up everything they’ve just eaten,” she wrote.
“STOP telling my girls that a size 4 is the ‘ideal body size’ and the ‘epitome of beauty’ if you’re going to change a size 4 into an 8 or a 12 or whatever number you feel like on any given day.”
Her post has been shared more than 87,000 times.
5. “I’ve gotten a lot of responses and messages from girls and women who say that it affects them negatively. They told me that they’re pressured into being smaller. They’ve told me that they don’t like the way pants look different on them than the mannequin,” said Shoemake.
“I knew it was a problem when I posted the pictures but I had no idea just how badly it actually affected people.”