Dear World: An Open Letter.

Body shaming is not appropriate. Period. 

There is no explanation is to why you should or can body shame anyone in this world. I mean anybody be it someone close to you or someone you just saw on the street walking or eating in a restaurant.

Some people give you an explanation that we are doing it out of love or it is just for fun. NO! Body shaming is body shaming be it out of love or just for fun. It needs to stop. Period. 

As children growing up, we have a social pressure to look and to behave in a certain way. Why? Why is it that, if we look or behave or dress in certain way then and only then we will be accepted by the world and the society that we live in. Nobody looks at you for the work that you are doing, the society will judge you by the way you look. Nobody and by this I mean nobody teaches you to be you. To be yourself and not worry about the way you look or the way you dress but to improve on your talents and be known for that. And not be pointed out everyday for being too fat or too skinny or ugly. Nobody has the nerve to accept an imperfect person for the way they are. Accept yourself! Don’t let people bother you.

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As a personal victim of body shaming I feel like a balloon full of emotions ready to burst out into tears the next time someone body shames me. But I hold back, I fight everyday against the body shamers. When you are body shamed on DAILY BASIS you just feel not good enough. You feel useless and start doubting yourself and your capabilities. The people who body shame other people don’t know how demotivating it is for that person and how damaging it is to their confidence. 

People who are body shamed fight, they fight everyday to even put a foot out of their home. They fight a battle inside that nobody knows of. They fight to be the person the society wants them to be. They strive endlessly to be beautiful looking person, which I think they already are. Look beyond their looks, have a peak inside their heart you won’t find anyone nicer than them. 

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When people laugh, make jokes on you everyday, tease you for the way you look everyday countlessly you just don’t feel good enough. The wish to exist just disappears. (By this I mean not to die, but just failing to exist, meaning to not go in front of anybody because you know they will body shame you.) The people who do it don’t know what all the other person has to face they laugh on you and move on. Easy. But what about the person who has been body shamed, what about their tears, their struggle? Think. Have Empathy. Feel their emotion. Recognize and Realize their tears. Don’t sympathies or feel sorry for them, because they don’t need it, they are much stronger than you think.

Do you all know that story, where in an island somewhere in the world people don’t cut the trees, they go to the tree everyday and curse them and one day that tree automatically falls down. That’s what all the body shamers are doing. If you are telling a person close to you everyday that they don’t fit the criteria of a perfect looking person set by the people of the society, that person will one day go. Not necessarily die but leave, just go away from your life. And when they are gone what will you miss their body, their not so perfect body or their heart, mind and soul? 

So instead of wasting your time in telling them how to fit the criteria of a perfect person, or body shaming them every step of the way, tell them you love them, tell them how much they mean to you, let them know that you accept them as they are because if they are gone they will never come back. And you will know who’s fault will that be. 

Stop Body Shaming! Be a good person! Don’t put anybody down, instead help them rise and strive to the best that they can. Stop Bullying! Stop Body Shaming! Find Beauty in Imperfection! Because it exists, it sure exists and it is the most beautiful thing one can know and see.

 

5 thoughts on “Dear World: An Open Letter.

  1. Dear Shaheen, No one has the right to body shame anyone else, or for that matter, shame anyone. Only persons that have low self esteem about themselves do it to make themselves feel better. They don’t usually think of the consequences to the other party simply because they cannot see beyond their own noses.

    To be a victim is not easy but to allow it to happen only encourages the other party with their bad behavior. The best way to stop the practice is to not become a victim but instead be the aggressor via legal means. Suffering the injustice only makes it get worse.

    Having said that, I can only imagine the negative impact such a bad practice has on the picked on individuals. Your blog draws focus on the bad practice and I applaud you on your being able to accept it and to write about it. Always remember that you have a family that loves you and will always stand by your side in your fight against any injustice meted out to you.

    Lots of love the Murugesh family.

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    1. Thank you so much dear Gautam uncle. This means everything to me. Having the support of your family is what helps you to combat any situation. And I m incredibly proud and consider my self extremely fortunate to have a family who supports me, loves me and accepts me for who I am.

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  2. Malignant and malicious intentions are a menace. I share a different view on jokes on sensitive topics. However, the widespread intention behind body shaming is nothing but evil. Your experiences, though dismaying, must have certainly moulded a wholesome perspective of such topics. Kudos!
    The writing as always is straightforward and without frills.

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