Should Amy Schumer Really Be Angry at Glamour Over “Plus Sized”?
Glamour magazine landed themselves in hot water with Amy Schumer by implying the comedienne was plus-size on their May cover.
Schumer took to Instagram with a snippet of the cover just two days ago.
However, critics of Schumer’s statement have felt that her post had less to do with the implications of the term plus-sized, and more to do with being lumped in with “actually fat women.” Particularly in the context that Schumer’s name wasn’t technically listed as someone is plus-size, but a woman who is an inspiration to other women which was elaborated on by Glamour’s editor, in her apology.
It seems that the main issue is the term plus-size, which many have found to be a limiting and ostracizing term, including the editor above who responded on Twitter saying she agreed that the term has its problems and that the Glamour issue in question doesn’t use the term. It’s true, the word plus-size isn’t even on the cover mentioned.
Despite the use or non-use of plus-size, the issue did seem to imply Schumer was in the category of size 12 and up. Her offense seems to be with the issue’s focus on size and how that focus can make fellow women feel inferior regardless of the attempted positive message behind it. Fellow star Lena Dunham spoke out in defense of Schumer saying, “I think Amy’s entire thing is trying to sort of like break down barriers and be bold about her own opinions, and what I think she was trying to do was stand up for women and say we’re not supposed be categorized in this role, we’re supposed to just be allowed to exist.“
Schumer agreed on a second Instagram post, adding “Bottom line seems to be that these labels are unnecessary and reserved for women.”