Some people are ok with being body shamed

By Hoang Anh   March 21, 2023 | 07:36 pm PT
Some people are ok with being body shamed
A model walking on a runway, September 23, 2014. Photo by Reuters
Some people accept others calling them by derogatory nicknames for the purpose of ridicule.

In the company I work for, there is a woman named Dung, who is slim and pretty. However, her colleagues nicknamed her "Skinny Dung." In my previous company, a colleague was called "Buffalo" Tuan due to his dark skin.

My neighbor earned the nickname "Fat Dung" when he accidentally revealed his slightly large belly. The name became so familiar that when he started selling snails, he even used it as the name of his restaurant.

In college, a friend of mine named Vy was ridiculed for having a modest bust size and was given the nickname LCD (flat screen TV).

I have heard of at least four or five cases of body shaming around me, all following the formula: nickname = real name + physical characteristic.

So how do the victims of body shaming react? Dung, the slim woman, said that at first, she felt uncomfortable when people called her by her nickname. She even tried to gain weight, but to no avail. Eventually, she became used to being called that by everyone. Vy gets angry every time her nickname is mentioned, but she is too afraid to speak up. In other cases, people choose to simply laugh it off. Over time, they start to adopt their new nickname.

However, prolonged body shaming can lead to depression and low self-esteem. Why do people accept the compromise without resistance? What would you do?

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