We all know of certain terms that are offensive to almost everyone, but what about the terms that are offensive, yet no ones seems to care? Here are three commonly used fashion terms that should be banned from everyone’s vocabulary.
1. Wife Beater
If you do not know why this term is offensive then you should be in jail. The origin of the term is debatable (not highly debated because, again, no one seems to care.) Frankly, I do not care where it came from, I just want it to stop.
Louis C.K. says it best at 7:50: “There’s a piece of clothing in our culture affectionately nicknamed after beating the crap out of your wife, and for some reason, this is offensive to nobody.”
2. Harem Pants
Although these pants originated to liberate women from strict “feminine” fashion, the word “harem” makes me very uncomfortable, both because of the misuse of the term and that it epitomizes pimp culture.
3. Plus-Size Model
Similar to “female comedian” and “female-pilot” the term “plus” dehumanizes and marginalizes models and people who are above a size 2. Full disclosure, I AM a size 2, but I am actually smaller than average. So shouldn’t I shop in the “minus-section?” NO, because our society awards the skinny and pretends like I am the norm. (Nobody is normal, everyone is weird.) Take my skinny privilege. TAKE IT AWAY! Join me in the “regular section.” I’ll let a women who can relate more do the explaining:
“I am a model FULL STOP. Unfortunately in the modelling industry if you’re above a US size 4 you are considered plus size, and so I’m often labelled a ‘plus size’ model. I do NOT find this empowering. A couple of days ago, @ajayrochester called the industry to task for its use of the term ‘plus size’ by making the point that it is ‘harmful’ to call a model ‘plus’ and damaging for the minds of young girls. I fully support Ajay and agree with her. Let’s have models of ALL shapes, sizes and ethnicities, and drop the misleading labels. I’m NOT proud to be called ‘plus’, but I AM proud to be called a ‘model’, that is my profession! #droptheplus
— Stefania Ferrario (@stefania_model) March 22, 2015
Offenders: (almost) The entire fashion industry.
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