Benjamin Ashton Cooper stumbled upon something interesting recently.
While the Pennsylvania native was cleaning out his girlfriend's closet, he noticed something strange about some of the clothes she was throwing out.
They were labeled "XL," and yet they still fit him, a person who is "not an extra large man."
In a Facebook post, Cooper explained why he tried the clothes on.
[My girlfriend's clothes] fit me. I don't say that to be silly or ironic. It pisses me off. I am not an extra large man, and, more importantly, a woman my size is NOT an extra large woman. This bullsh*t right here is why we have 8 year olds with eating disorders. This sh*t right here is why men shout 'f*cking fat hog!' at even nominally curvy girls on the street. This is why men who think sexism is a 'myth' perpetuated by liberal pussies are Full. Of. Sh*t. F*ck body shaming.
The post was a hit on Facebook, and got shared over 300,000 times.
One commenter said,
Glad to see your message get out. Society wants all women to be skinny, large chested, and have a large toned ass. Not all women can be that way and its a shame that we have allowed it to get this bad. It is about the person inside not what people see on the outside.
Clearly, many people agreed with Cooper's notion that the differences between men's and women's sizes are indicative of a culture of body shaming.