A to Z of Lingerie: Q is for Queensize
I am going to tell you all something that I did not know before I began this A to Z Blogging Challenge. It's really the loveliest thing. In lingerie terms, larger women are not referred to as plus size. They are referred to as "queensize." Isn't that beautiful?
Now, being a petite woman myself (4ft 11, weighing around 100 pounds and being a UK size 8 and small all over) I can never claim to have been discriminated against because I am too big. It does annoy me slightly when people trash skinny girls because everybody is different. We are all a different shape and size. Skinny girls, average girls and queensize girls are not any more beautiful or desirable than each other.
When I gave birth to my little boy I was a normal healthy weight for my pregnancy. Then after he was born, because it was a cesarean section, I couldn't move around much. The weight I had managed to keep off during pregnancy suddenly crept up on me and I was a UK size 14. I was miserable. I looked at skinnier girls enviously and I am ashamed to admit this now, but I did not embrace my new curves. I recall walking past La Senza thinking I needed to buy some new socks but was too afraid to go in because I saw through the door that everyone in there was skinnier than me. I wasn't even buying lingerie! I was buying socks! If I had heard the word "queensize" back then, maybe I would have liked my new shape a little more instead of wishing the next few weeks would pass so I could start working out again.
I do hate the word "fat." Fat is something that is in food and fats in food are not always a bad thing. Fat is not a person. By the same token I do not get offended by the word skinny when anyone calls me that. I am a writer and to me, skinny is merely an adjective. And I think we should all see words for what they essentially are rather than being hurt by them. Fat is a noun. It should not be an adjective. Queensize is an adjective. Let's start using that to describe people, not just for lingerie purposes.