It’s almost second nature for Desis to greet loved ones with a backhanded compliment regarding weight gain. I mean, why praise a woman for her talent, hard work or ambition. After all, “aurat ne tou rotiyan hee banani hoti hein.” (A woman’s place is in the kitchen). Ironically, the same roties making their way into a woman’s tummy and adding a few extra pounds to her beauty raise eyebrows. Speculation immediately takes place. This can’t be weight gain, zaroor koi khush khabri hai! (She must be pregnant!) Yes, aunty – I’m expecting a food baby.
Body shaming is a critical analysis of someone’s weight through harmful comments. In this episode, Desi~licious RD, Shahzadi Devje, analyzes body shaming and its toxic influence on Desi women.
Click here to read Shahzadi’s latest blog post: https://shahzadidevje.com/dear-aunty-ji-aaloo-want-is-respect-for-my-body/