You See This Is What Happened To OK NYU
Body shaming, we must put it to rest. Until there is genuine reform, until our society, both men and women, transforms its evaluation of women, I will continue to address this disturbing epidemic. We know about the mounting campaigns against body-shaming. While laudable in their ambitions, they exemplify the hard-truth, that our world has a long way to go in terms of acceptance. We are far from establishing a truly open-minded culture, troubling news for the future. NYU, my alma mater, has been rightfully criticized for its baby clothing that can be purchased in its bookstore.
“I HATE MY THIGHS”
According to Upworthy, the NYU Bookstore has been selling onesies for infants. Side-by-side are two onesies, one ostensibly meant for girls that reads “I Hate My Thighs,” and the other, clearly meant for boys, that reads “I’m Super.” As a proud NYU alum, my initial thought was that NYU was somehow stirring the pot on purpose. After all, how could the most liberal institution in the U.S. indulge in such hypocrisy and promotion of inequality? But it seems that it wasn’t an administrative call to action, but a vivid oversight. We are all familiar with baby fat, not the brand, but the cute rolls we are born with and that are too often squeezed by our elders as babies. Taken in context, and considering that we exist in a time when eating disorders have skyrocketed, and cosmetic surgical addiction is on the rise, there is nothing cute about these onesies.
NYU ALUMNI IGNITE CHANGE
After the post hit social media, it sent shock waves throughout the NYU community, a group, who for the most part, would not tolerate the promotion of such ideologies. Alumni marshaled into action and demanded that NYU take proper measures. When people are passionate and rally around a cause, voices are heard, and change is made. According to Upworthy, the NYU Bookstore responded appropriately by removing the “I hate my thighs” onesies from the sales floor. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”