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Melissa McCarthy is on a one-woman body image crusade.
The 45-year-old is sick of women being judged and ranked by size, and she’s evoking Gloria Steinem to help spread her message.
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We have to stop categorizing and judging women based on their bodies.
We are teaching young girls to strive for unattainable perfection instead of feeling healthy and happy in their own skin.
Adding a quote from Steinem:
Imagine we are linked not ranked.
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The Steinem quote comes from a speech the renown feminist gave back in April 2014.
Steinem spoke about how making connections can allow people to "see the world more wholly."
By connecting the way in which our everyday surroundings can contribute to larger societal issues, people can begin to come up with positive, practical solutions.
Becoming linked to the natural world then allows people to see there is no such thing as a hierarchy or pyramid, but a circle.
There is no such thing as gender, race or class. They are cultural inventions.... We are linked, not ranked.
There's nothing more radical than listening.
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McCarthy is a vocal advocate for changing societal standards of judging women by their appearance and size.
She told Refinery 29:
I know I am not the 'norm.' It never occurs to me in terms of being a role model, though, because I don't know any perfect women.
If I, off the top of my head, name 20 of the most amazing women in my life, it's all shapes, sizes, ages, colors, jobs. I can only go off my reality.
What people pass off as 'normal,' I just have to keep in my head that it's bullshit. It’s all fictitious, made-up stuff.
I know some of those women in those magazines who get called perfect or whose butt is supposedly better, and often they don’t even look like that in person.
And they would die — they don't want you to compare who wore it better. They would be more horrified than anybody else that you're pitting them against each other and judging.
You don't do that with guys. You don't see two guys next to each other and somebody going, ‘Who's got the better knees? Who's got old knees? Who's got weird feet?’ I want to get rid of constantly categorizing.
Lists give somebody a way to shove and tear down women. Those women that are always shown, that we're all supposed to be like, is like .000009% of human beings.
That's crazy. That's like saying, ‘We're all going to get a perm and get green hair, right?’
You'd be like, ‘All of us?’ No, knock yourself out with your perm, but if we all did it, that would be bizarre.
Amen to that Ms. McCarthy.
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