Health teacher Megan Ellis is the co-manager of the Barre East Health Studio in Frederick, Maryland. When a newspaper clipping slid out of an envelope addressed to the studio, Ellis wasn’t notably shocked. The studio had simply been featured within the enterprise part of the native newspaper and she or he figured it was somebody they knew sending them a replica.
However when she unfolded the clipping, what she noticed introduced her to tears.
Photograph courtesy of Taryn Sisco
An arrow pointing to Ellis’ hips reads: “You’re fats, bordering on overweight.” One other arrow connects co-manager and fellow teacher Taryn Sisco’s head to the phrases “You’re chubby.”
Above the picture in scrawling cursive, the stranger wrote, “I’m uninterested in articles espousing health and well being whereas these within the image are neither.”
Photograph by Brodie Ledford, courtesy of Taryn Sisco
And within the left-hand margin: “Photos/articles like this give others a license to be chubby or overweight.” It’s one factor if the sender was bashing barre health or their enterprise mannequin Sisco (left) explains. However this was an assault on the ladies’s our bodies from “somebody who didn’t know us, had by no means met us, and by no means set foot within the studio” Sisco tells SELF.
Nevertheless, Ellis and Sisco weren’t about to permit hateful feedback from a stranger deliver them down. They had been going to do one thing about it.
The following day, they printed a weblog put up describing the incident, hoping to unfold the message to their purchasers that physique shaming isn’t okay and encourage them to face up and say sufficient is sufficient. “Judging anybody primarily based on their seems to be or an image is simply unhappy … and sure it’s a type of bullying. It sends the improper message to ladies in every single place. Ladies ought to raise one another up, not tear one another down. So good attempt woman … however mission not completed,” they wrote.
The put up has since obtained a variety of consideration, and ladies throughout the nation have been calling to voice their help and share their very own tales.
“It was hurtful sufficient to obtain a bit of mail like that,” Ellis says.
And whereas Sisco and Ellis know who despatched the hate mail (the title and return tackle had been on the envelope), they’re not telling. “Placing her title out in public understanding that individuals would criticize and tear her down simply didn’t appear proper to us,” says Ellis. Nor wouldn’t it jibe with Barre East’s mission—to supply a judgement-free zone the place all ladies can really feel comfy.
The sender hasn’t taken Ellis and Sisco up on their provide to attempt certainly one of their lessons, however she did cease by to say she was sorry—an apology they readily accepted.
“I don’t know what led her up thus far in her life that she felt it essential to jot down these issues about us,” says Sisco. “However, actually, I feel she’s performed us all a favor by beginning this dialog.”
Characteristic picture (at prime) picture by Brodie Ledford, courtesy of Taryn Sisco