Another way this myth is sometimes phrased is as “shapewear shows you are embarrassed and unhappy with your body”. These two myths are toxic and need to disappear.
Why? Because they’re both false and extremely negative. The latter is essentially a passive-aggressive way of arguing that you’re only wearing shapewear because you’re overweight or unfit, which, again, I’d like to see someone tell Beyoncé or J-Lo that.
The former is the same argument people have made about push-up bras in the past, and is extremely harmful, because it implies that women only look good to attract men, or that it’s somehow “bad” to look good if you’ve really got a bit extra that jiggles (like everyone else on this planet!).
Have you ever heard someone use the term “false advertising” when talking about someone using a push-up bra, wearing makeup, or otherwise altering their appearance? Most of us have, and this myth perpetuates this same harmful idea. We want to look good – and we can do that whether or not we want to attract a partner, whether we’re happily single, married, or literally any other state of being that does not rely on our relationship status.
There is enough in the world that’s ready to put you down; if you want to wear shapewear, do it. Do what makes you feel good, powerful, and attractive.
So, go out there and rock your shapewear, knowing all these myths are untrue – and spread the word! Let us know in the comments below what myths you’ve heard perpetuated and what occasions and locations you’re rocking your shapewear at.
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