Feminism India

Body Shaming : Dos and Don'ts

I am in my mid-twenties and have had my share of body shamers who commented on every part of my body, on how I should behave and dress. People have commented on my skin colour, weight, my choice of clothing and behavior. Every wedding or ceremony that I go to is like an invitation for different uncles and aunties to impose their opinions on me.

A couple of days back on World Yoga day, I saw a post about how an Indian actress was body shamed for the picture she had shared on her Instagram.

When You Own Your Breath NoBody Steals Your Peace! Happy Yoya Day! :) #yoga day!

A post shared by Aneri Vajani (@vajanianeri) on

Here are some comments!

People have commented saying her body isn't good enough and that she is too thin to be called beautiful. When other girls who look similar to her or look up to her as a role model, perceive this, they will themselves feel ashamed of their bodies. They lose their confidence. You may get a better idea regarding how body shaming effects people below.

Aneri Vajani wasn't the only person to be body shamed. Recently celebrities like Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, and Soha Ali Khan were shamed on Instagram. While body shaming, the reasons shamers give out vary from physical, mental, to even religious beliefs.

Body shaming started eons ago when women were told how to dress according to the whims of men.

Nowadays, everybody who has an internet connection can comment on the public profiles of others. People critically body shame others without thinking about how this may affect the recipient.

So here I have some broad Dos and Don'ts regarding body shaming.



Do Not Body Shame:

Get it into your head that you can't say to people that they are 'fat' or 'thin'. Not because 'fat' or 'thin' is an insult, but because you do not know what people are going through. Words have a way of affecting people in a much deeper way. If you can't be supportive, be quiet!

Soumya Rajendran

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Hey! I'm Soumya. I'm a 26 year old finding her way around the world. I poke my nose around interesting stuff. I pour my heart out when I write and pretend I'm offering sage advice.