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8 Places That Have Fired Women For Being "Too Fat"


Society & Culture  (tags: women, society, culture, ethics, health, rights, freedoms, sadness, media )

Carrie
- 598 days ago - buzzfeed.com
A Baltimore Ravens cheerleader says she was dropped from the Super Bowl for gaining less than 2 pounds. She wouldn't be the first woman to get fired because her employers disapproved of her weight.



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Allan Yorkowitz (453)
Friday February 1, 2013, 4:37 pm
None of this is a surprise. What did you expect? That Dior would have an overweight collection?
 

Carol H. (229)
Friday February 1, 2013, 4:54 pm
unreal, and I mean that of their expectations!!!
 

Birgitta S. (231)
Friday February 1, 2013, 5:10 pm
WHAT??
 

AniMae Chi (407)
Friday February 1, 2013, 5:18 pm
My daughter had magnificent natural talent & was headed for the Australian Ballet, she dropped out at 17 after 13 gruelling years, weighing around 40 kilos (88 pounds) because she was constantly harrased about her weight!
i supported her wise decision.
 

AniMae Chi (407)
Friday February 1, 2013, 5:19 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Carrie because you have done so within the last week.
 

Jason S. (57)
Friday February 1, 2013, 8:35 pm
Good posting, thanks
 

Betsy Bee (1061)
Friday February 1, 2013, 8:59 pm
Sickening. Thanks, Carrie. Good Posting.
 

Myraida Diaz (127)
Friday February 1, 2013, 9:16 pm
How inteligent Kunsioux!!! Congratulations! Healthy minds!
Thanks Carrie. Noted
 

Diane B. (275)
Friday February 1, 2013, 10:02 pm
thanks for posting this dear
 

Dotti Lydon (116)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 8:36 am
Those "stick" people as I call them do not look pretty. They look weird.
 

Jodi Ashley (2)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 10:18 am
Until our expectations and "ideals" of beauty (size) changes the fashion and entertainment world's ideals won't change. The sad thing is until the fashion and entertainment world's ideals change the country's won't change. It's jyst a vicious circle.
 

Diane K. (136)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 12:23 pm
This is sad, since if you want to eat healthy & gain a few pounds, your pocketbook shouldn't depend on it.
thanks, Carrie
 

Joanne Dixon (38)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 2:32 pm
I see the military wasn't even mentioned. Well, at least the military applies the concept to both sexes.
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (274)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 3:02 pm
This is discrimination at its best
 

Linda Rust (65)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 3:39 pm
Most of these "jobs" seemed to be based around a woman's looks though. Professional cheerleader or "Hooters"? When you agree to spend your time and energy at a job like that, isn't the sexism implicit in the nature of your work. Certainly, no woman applies for a job at "Hooters" and doesn't expect her looks to be an important qualification. I agree, women are held to a ridiculous standard of beauty, especially around the wight issue. But if a woman wanted to be taken more seriously as a person, she could apply for a more serious line of work!
 

Winn Adams (192)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 4:19 pm
What jerks. God Forbid that you wouldn't discriminate due to a few extra pounds.
 

Peggy Peters (29)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 4:26 pm
It doesn't surprise me!! This has been an ongoing issue which will continue as long as the general populous buys in to it!! Advertising, movies, t.v. programs and social media are all responsible for perpetuating this problem. Little 90 lbs women can not possibly be healthy or productive! Try surviving one day on a working farm....there is no way! Let us not discount the role of bullies who constantly badger kids in school about being fat!
Eat healthy, balanced meals and exercise regularly-that is all anybody should be concerned about. I have news or the perfect & beautiful people: there is no such thing as perfect & we all can not look alike!!
 

Elizabeth M. (67)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 5:00 pm
This is no surprise at all. It is sexism at it's worse. Young teenagers see these models. cheerleaders etc and they start not eating - bulimia and anorexia. They don't realize how hard it is to get into modelling or for other companies that only hire skinny sticks. This needs to change!!
Thanks for posting Carrie.
 

Gloria H. (88)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 5:50 pm

Advertising is all about the superficial...what you want, or don't have. Work at Hooters- get harassed...well, duh! It's not that you haven't a clue when you sign up.
Clothes on a coathanger, don't look good, that's why they use mannequins..just enough to fill out the clothes and nothing more. On photo shoots, clothes can be clothespinned in the back, adjusted just right, airbrushed. If it was anything close to reality, it would look just like the boring stuff hanging in your closet right now.
 

Rebecca Y. (26)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 7:31 pm
When you choose a career that is weight specific or big boobs specific and you either gain weight or don't have any boobs, then you would expect to get fired. America and the world of fashion are FOCUSED on clothes hanger shapes...my advice, don't become a model and if you don't have boobs don't get a job at Hooters!
 

Edith B. (141)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 8:42 pm
Most models and dancers look anorexic, as do many of our Hollywood stars these days. This has to stop, we have six year old girls worrying about being fat. Being healthy is far more important than being a size 2.
 

Romla Lal (9)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 9:02 pm
Unnatural, normal woman is not skinny she is healthy.
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 11:38 pm
Thanks Carrie

This might be something being done for the wrong reason which does not benefit those most in need of corrective action.
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (385)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 11:43 pm
So awful this worship of vanity - driving young girls to anorexia!
 

Carrie B. (306)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 12:00 am
ONCE AGAIN AT LEAST ONE OF MY COMMENTS HAS DISAPPEARED. REGARDLESS OF THE JOB ~ WOMEN SHOULD NOT BE JUDGED ON APPEARANCE ALONE! WE HAVE SO MUCH MORE TO OFFER!
 

Lloyd H. (46)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 8:19 am
Well Courtney Lenz does not belong on the list of those fired for being fat. First off Lenz had already told the Ravens that she WAS QUITTING at the end of the season. The playoff games and the Super Bowl are post season games, so she was actually just being held to her self set resignation. There is also the fact that she was never told she was being fired for being fat she was dropped from the performance roster per her own decision.
Usually I agree with Carrie, not this time. When one makes the choice to intentionally seek a job where one is perfectly aware that appearance is part of the qualifications set, then one is also making the choice to accept termination based on failure to meet that qualification set. When people apply for a job full well knowing that personal appearance is THE deciding factor for employment then one also knows full well that personal appearance is THE deciding factor for termination of employment. Call it what you want you can not get a job based on your looks and then cry foul for losing that job based on your looks, the sword cuts both ways. And until sex no longer sells anything, sex appeal will be a prerequisitet.
 

Gene Jacobson (252)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 8:54 am
All of those are stories which I would think could result in potentially lucrative lawsuits. Discrimination in employment is illegal. But this goes far beyond that. This fixation on weight is incredibly unhealthy for our nation's children who all too often end up fighting anorexia or bulimia in an effort to look like what the media consistently portray as the ideal woman. No one should have to be the ideal anything except themselves and THEY should decide that not some ridiculous photo shopped, air brushed completely false image some man created as "ideal". Osteoporosis does not begin at 50 although that is when you begin to see its effects, it begins with an unhealthy body image in childhood. These "ideal" image women are going to break bones simply by sitting too quickly when they are in their 60's, if they live that long. I'd like to see a long term study following a group of women to find out what the true effect, and medical, emotional and physical cost of this fixation is. In the interim I do not patronize hooters, don't attend nfl games - that cheerleader gaining 1.8 pounds and being fired is more than a bit hypocritical for an organization which employs Bryant McKinnie who was released by the Minnesota Vikings, yeah I don't watch them either but I do read the sports page, for being so overweight he could barely walk without having to stop to breathe every few steps, and who is STILL oversized by any standard, but let a woman gain 1.8 pounds and she's history? Hypocrites. Every single male quoted in that story, glass houses boys, glass houses - remember that part.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 5:36 pm
This is really upsetting, how are we ever going to have positive role models when we keep sending messages out like this. No one deserves to be hired or fired based on their body, its supposed to be about ability, talent, thoughts etc.
 

Pat A. (117)
Monday February 4, 2013, 2:17 am
Stars to Carrie, Kunsioux, Peggy P and Garnet J - tried to send stars to Gene as well as some others but the week isn't up yet it seems!

Airbrushing people till they appear like someone from a Concentration Camp is just awful - and so set such a standard of thinness is utterly bound to fail - which is part of the reason why the West has such a problem with obesity (fast food, lack of Iodine, undiagnosed hypothyroid, being some of the other causes).
 

Ginger Geronimo (443)
Monday February 4, 2013, 8:26 am
This is beyond crazy! Being fired for gaining less than 2 pounds or because your hips are 3/4 of an inch too big? Who can tell if you've only gained a little less than 2 pounds for crying out loud??? Women are always being encouraged to be stick thin & it's a very unhealthy message that is being sent out. There are children who are obsessed with their weight who act like it's a huge deal if they gain 2 pounds. What a screwed up world we live in!!
 

Melania Padilla (179)
Monday February 4, 2013, 11:30 am
Shame!
 

Scott haakon (4)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 10:25 am
That is not the truth. This person has changed their story. She just was not picked get over it!
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 6:15 pm
This is the truth-----many people and companies are biased against women just a tiny bit overweight. You can have a face like a monkey (although I love monkeys) but if you are thin enough to not make a shadow, the jobs are there and so are the men. I have seen this many times in my life. And in fact, my way of keeping thin was just not eating, then after a week or two of just drinking water and diet pop, I was starving to where I would binge and be sick (have been known to do the old throwing up routine. Yes, that is called an eating disorder/anorexia/bulemia. God help us all, but the stigma of being overweight is still alive and well. Just ask Mr. Christie.
 

Sergio Padilla (62)
Friday February 8, 2013, 7:09 am
Not nice.....
 
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