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Obese Mannequins Spark Outrage & Make Us Wonder Why Fat People Are So Hated
December 5, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Obese Mannequins Spark Outrage & Make Us Wonder Why Fat People Are So Hated

Posted by Deborah Cruz on December 5, 2012 

Obese MannequinLast week, Reddit was ground zero for the latest battle royale in the war on fat. It’s bad enough that society has such a low tolerance for heavy women on television and the big screen, but now we can’t even stomach the sight of heavy mannequins in our stores. When a user posted a photo of a larger-than-average mannequin along with the comment, "Anyone else horrified that they make obese mannequins too now?" the Internet responded with hatred.

People were actually angry about the mannequins, and many commented on their size. The whole thing ignited a heated debate on whether or not overweight people can ever be healthy and whether or not overweight mannequins can in some way promote an "obese lifestyle."

Why does it bother people so much that mannequins are made to reflect the size of the people wearing the clothes? It's kind of ridiculous and sheer fantasy when you go into a plus-sized shop and all the clothes are pinned to smaller-sized mannequins. It doesn't give an accurate idea of what the clothes will look like on. Are we just a society in denial? Would we prefer that we all go through life Photoshopped, and if we can’t be molded to fit the impossible standards, we should be locked away like Quasimodo in a tower?

We cannot keep lying to ourselves about obesity. It is real, and the sooner we face it and try to get healthy, the sooner we will all be better off. Getting mad because mannequins are fat is not the answer. Heavyset mannequins are not the problem. They are only a symptom of the problem.

We need to get mad and motivated that we are becoming unhealthier as a nation and do something proactive about it. It’s like the old saying, "Hate the sin, not the sinner." I say, hate the unhealthy lifestyle, not the plus-sized mannequin that's just a reflection of what so many Americans look like today.

Do overweight mannequins offend you?

Replies

  • Stefanie83
    December 5, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    No overweight mannequins don't offend me.  but looking at the comments on that link, I saw a lot of people more making fun of the mannequin not being made very well lol

  • darbyakeep45
    December 5, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    I agree with Stefanie here!

    Quoting Stefanie83:

    No overweight mannequins don't offend me.  but looking at the comments on that link, I saw a lot of people more making fun of the mannequin not being made very well lol


  • cleanaturalady
    Kim
    December 5, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    No, they don't.

  • Alyson121
    December 5, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    It does look a bit off, doesn't it?

    Quoting darbyakeep45:

    I agree with Stefanie here!

    Quoting Stefanie83:

    No overweight mannequins don't offend me.  but looking at the comments on that link, I saw a lot of people more making fun of the mannequin not being made very well lol



  • bhwrn1
    by bhwrn1
    December 6, 2012 at 5:27 AM

    Yes, I was going to say, it doesn't look from the picture that it's made well. Perhaps it looks better when dressed? like with hair and such?

    Quoting darbyakeep45:

    I agree with Stefanie here!

    Quoting Stefanie83:

    No overweight mannequins don't offend me.  but looking at the comments on that link, I saw a lot of people more making fun of the mannequin not being made very well lol



  • SabrinaLC
    December 6, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    That mannequins head is too small, it looks weird.

    I don't really like mannequins at all, obese or anorexic.


    But I guess if a big deal needs to be made then there should be mannequins made in every size starting from preemi all the way up.  Don't want to leave everyone out.  Also, should probably make mannequins with different chest/hip/thigh/butt size too ;-) lol

  • mp3mom
    by mp3mom
    December 6, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    IDK; I bet they sell less clothes, though.

  • mypbandj
    Jen
    December 6, 2012 at 11:04 PM
    I do think they look weird because its not what I'm used to seeing but I'm not offended.

    What offends me is when someone looks at another person and makes an assumption that they know all about that person based on their size. You cannot look at a person and decide whether they are healthy or not. You do not know their habits or lifestyle. And when you judge someone based on appearances or religion or skin color or weight...that makes you a bigot.

    Definition: Bigotry is the state of mind of a bigot, defined by Merriam-Webster as "a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially: one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance".

    The sad thing to me is that the weight of a person is one of the last things out there where bigotry towards is tolerated and not quite considered politically incorrect yet.
  • bellawomen
    December 6, 2012 at 11:08 PM
    The head makes it look so awkward. If the store specializes in plus size clothing, then I think it would draw in alot of positive customers.
  • reneawesley
    December 7, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    Doesn't offend me.