An ode to medium-sized women

Last updated 09:26 12/02/2014

GO MEDIUM-SIZED GIRLS: Do we spend so much time celebrating plus-sized women that we forget to champion the majority? A medium-sized build represented beautifully by Lena Dunham and Jemima Kirke (you go Girls).

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I am a medium-sized woman.

I'm five-foot-seven.

I would never be called "overweight" or "plus-size" or "heavy" or "the F-word" (you know, Fat), but I'm also rarely, if ever, called "thin" (by anyone who isn't definitively "plus-sized" and squeezing me into one of two social groups).

I have a nice solid trunk, but no rolls unless I'm sitting down, or having sex with my legs in the air.

My thighs are pretty muscular, and my a--e is wide (although simultaneously falls kinda flat).

I hate the word "curvy," because although I'm a size 12-16, the word just doesn't describe me. My silhouette from pit to waist is basically two straight lines, and I've been known to wear training bras under my going-out tops.

The closest thing to my body type that anyone has ever described me as is "athletic," but the truth is, I skip the gym more often than I go.

I can literally wear S, M or L depending on the brand, and sometimes, I'll size out of a brand altogether.

When I have sex my body kinda jiggles.

I've definitely had sex with guys that weigh less than me, but I don't think they knew that at the time.

I am Lena Dunham. I am Jemima Kirke. 

In 1943, my solid-as-a-horse-body would have been ideal - I'd be what most men wanted in a wife: a chick with strength to tend the farm while he's off fighting the War.

While a total badass, I'm also super-feminine in my faux-Midwestern, I-love-stretchy-jeans kind of way.

Medium-sized women unite.

We are hot as hell.

And I want more of our face in the media.

I want models to exist between size 6 and size 16.

I want to be sold to.

Can the "medium-sized" acceptance movement please take off immediately?

I want a new category.



Isabel Foxen Duke is a certified health coach and emotional eating expert, for more articles visit

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