Hashtag #TheySaid Highlights Body-Shaming Comments Women Hear

Body shaming is so prevalent that women are taking to social media to share their first experiences — and beyond.

Using the hashtag #TheySaid, Twitter users are sharing stories of times they’ve been made to feel lesser.

The origin of the trend started with Sally Bergensen, who is the CEO of the athletic wear company Oiselle, sharing her own story and encouraging others to do the same.

The replies quickly came pouring in.

Some shared painful stories about eating disorders or being shamed for being thin as well.

Some have taken the call to action a step further by adding in the hashtag #TheyReplied to highlight what you could potentially say to someone that makes a hurtful or insensitive comment.

While it’s commendable that Bergensen started the hashtag, it’s interesting to note that the company that she’s CEO of, Oiselle, only goes up to a size 12.

Plus size women have struggled to find cute and quality clothing for a long time, so to be cut out of a company whose CEO started a conversation against body shaming seems a little at odds with her Twitter message.

After one Twitter user called her out on that, Bergensen admitted that the brand needed to do more in terms of inclusivity. “I believe all people are worthy. We are extending key styles in 2018, working with the right wear testers along the way. Recognize we have more to do,” she tweeted.

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