When will people learn to keep their rude and demeaning comments about another person’s body to themselves? Perhaps never.
Kelsey McEwen, a meteorologist on a Canadian morning show, recently received an unsolicited comment about her appearance. The person called the “skin tight maternity attire” that McEwen supposedly has been wearing “disgusting.”
Someone took time out of their day to call this woman’s maternity clothes “disgusting.”
According to McEwen, she is now 34 weeks pregnant. When a woman is nearing the end of a pregnancy, like McEwen, they often wear maternity clothing, since regular sized clothing is not made to stretch over a belly that’s working hard to accommodate a growing human being.
So when McEwen saw the comment from an anonymous person on Twitter, it’s understandable why she was a little upset.
Rather than let the comment go unnoticed, McEwen decided to address the Twitter comment, not only on Twitter, but on her television news program.
She first recommended that the person check their priorities.
She replied to her own tweet with a message designed for anyone who ever feels the need to comment on a woman’s pregnant body. She agreed that some aspects of pregnancy can be disgusting, but a growing belly is certainly not one of them.
She shared a very similar message the following day on the Canadian show, “Your Morning,” where she is a meteorologist.
“My body is not your concern.”
In the segment titled, “My Body is not Your Concern,” McEwen let viewers know that she firmly believes her body is no one else’s business but her own. In fact, she said that no one’s body is ever anyone else’s business.
If what I’m wearing you find disgusting in this world, in this week in particular, you need to check your priorities. I’m a firm believer that my body and your body is no one’s business but your own. Your body is not for anyone to talk about whether they are talking about your pregnant shape or they’re talking about your athleticism or your hair color or your skin color, it is not anyone else’s business but your own.
She continued by saying that by focusing on someone’s appearance, we detract from “so much more,” meaning what each and every one of us is capable of.
It’s a timeless and valid point that we should all remember—we should not value ourselves or others based on appearance. Valuing one’s worth based on looks is a sure way to set yourself up for failure.
“Enough is enough. We are better,” she wrote on a post she later shared on her Instagram.