Fast forward a month and I see this article about why Ann Taylor has stopped carrying size 16 clothes (except for online). Now, maybe there are good financial reasons, and it's not a particularly new experience for us hefty lasses to complain about finding cute clothes that fit.
However, what really bugs me about the article is the accompanying picture. The woman shown trying unsuccessfully to button her pants is NOWHERE NEAR a size 16. Maybe a 10. MAYBE. But by putting that picture with the article, the editors of DoubleX (a supposedly woman-friendly blog) have just reinforced ridiculous notions about what plus size really looks like.
Even more surprising to me are the comments at the bottom of the post. At the time I wrote this, most of the comments were along the lines of "But their sizes are inflated anyway, all their clothes are too big for me." Seriously? I know that skinny people have their own struggles, but how are there so many more super-skinny people reading that article and posting about their woes than larger women?