At work last week, I was looking for some carefree, mind-numbing reading in the hopes of some chuckles. I totally needed a laugh-break. So like many of us, I headed on over to Facebook. I was scrolling and “25 Memes Men Probably Won’t Find Funny” caught my eye, so I clicked on it. First one was pretty funny, it was about what happens when you sleep in a tank top. Haha! Yeah, that always happens, haha…Next up was about getting your period and not being pregnant, yes yes…haha Then on to an image of how you look in the morning after not taking your makeup off before going to bed…oh, yeah, been there…haha raccoon eyes….I kept scrolling to number 4 and what did I see? I saw this image:
Really? I was just trying to go through a list of funny stuff in the hopes of a chuckle and I get this thrust at me, felt like being smacked in the face. I get if the image on the right was of Britney Spears in a bathrobe and pajamas, holding a mug while snuggled up in bed or on the couch, but just a larger version of Britney looking fabulous? Is the image on the right supposed to be negative? Because that is the way it is presented, we’ve all seen versions of this meme many times.
We forget sometimes how often the “horror” of being fat is thrown in our faces. How often do we see things like this across the internet or hear them said by women every day? To constantly be the undesirable form, from the “before” picture during a “weight loss journey” or the “after” picture of a bloated period related joke, ads everywhere advertising weight loss and subsequent “happiness”, to constantly hearing versions of “Ugh, I can’t eat that, I’m so fat” from women at work, in your family, or even just on the street. Can we get a break? Must it all be so constant? Why must we be a punchline or the negative so very often?
I know, what does this have to do with Fat Girl Reviews and our mission…. Well, it is a bit of a different review for sure, it’s not a business, service, or product, but it is content and content can be reviewed. No? Yep, that’s what I’m gonna go with!
So we’ll ask, what are your thoughts? Do you get irked or bothered on any level when you come across memes like this? Yeah, we’ve all come to live with it as the norm, but if you really think about it…does it bother you? And if it does, how do you handle it? Do you just sigh and move on, do you complain to family and friends, do you mark the content as inappropriate if on a social platform, or even rant about it on a blog post? Let us know, we’d love to know how these things make you feel…even if it’s nothing!
-LanaBare @ FatGirlReviews.com