Zero. Definition: nothing.
Have you ever thought about women’s clothing sizes? Why are sizes labeled 0, 2, 4 etc? They certainly don’t measure anything. I understand when clothes are tagged by waist sizes like 26, 27, 31 etc. That’s helpful. But why 0, 2, 4? And 0, being the smallest, is supposed to be enviable. Size 0! How is that even a size? It’s literally the measure of nothing.
The problem here is that I think the concept of size 0 is doing more harm to the psyche of women and girls than anyone realizes. Or maybe everyone realizes it and nobody talks about it. Or maybe everybody talks about it, but I can’t hear everyone over the sound of my own chewing. Regardless, we’re going to talk about it today.
In my opinion, the concept of size 0 sends a symbolic message to women and girls that the more invisible you are, the better.
Think about it. Men and boys don’t have sizes called 0, 2 and 4. Men and boys aren’t taught to strive to be the physical representation of nothingness. They’re taught to stand up tall, to let their broad builds fill up space in a room, to be a presence.
Women, on the other hand, are taught that the less your physical presence is seen and felt, the better. Not to be dramatic, but no wonder we haven’t had a female president yet.
But don’t worry- I have a solution I think we should get rid of the numerical system completely. And we should rename the sizes something more arbitrary like colors, names of dead presidents, or ice cream flavors.
I’d like to one day be able to say that I’m a size Mint Chocolate Chip in most pants, but a size Cookie Dough at Banana Republic and Gap because their stuff runs big. And a size Coffee-Toffee in anything designer because that sh*t is cut for 12 year olds.
Perhaps this way, one’s size won’t matter. We won’t strive to be as teeny of a physical presence as possible, and we can all just focus on being healthy, however big or small that may be. And then we can focus on other more interesting pursuits like school, work, ruling the world, etc. And just think of all the spare time we’ll have for activities.
It’s mind boggling, really.
What are your thoughts on size charts?
Do you agree that the concept that size 0 is sending a negative message to women and girls?
Or do you think I’m reading too much into it?