Why The Term ‘Mixed Weight Relationship’ Is Coming In For Criticism Online
The phrase has its problems.
We’re pretty sure everyone knows that the term mixed-weight relationship refers to a couple who have a marked difference in body size.
While some people are happy to accept this label as basic description of their appearance, others have pointed out that it’s offensive to judge anyone’s relationship based on looks alone.
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Body positive blogger Gloria Shuri opened up about the concept in a recent YouTube video and argued that there’s no need to categorise her relationship in a separate box from everyone else’s.
"People who feel the need to say that a fat person who's with a thin person is in a whole separate category to people in relationships period... I think that's just stupid. We're in a relationship and that's that,” she said.
The head of the Be Real campaign for body confidence has now given an interview to The Independent where he argues that slapping unnecessary labels on a couple can be damaging.
“The term ‘mixed-weight relationship' is essentially another way of labelling people based on the differences in their appearance.
“It only seeks to highlight the differences in a couple’s shape and size. It would seem to suggest that the couple, due to their physical differences, do not belong together, and that is simply ridiculous!”
This follows the time wedding photographer Jenna Kutcher came in for a heap of negative comments after social-media users pointed out the difference in size between her and her husband.
At the time, she wrote: “Part of my insecurity with my body has stemmed around being married to Mr six-pack himself. Why should I, a curvy girl, get him?” before adding that “true love” doesn’t see size.