are you your size?
August 14, 2002 11:54 AM

I read in some fat-acceptance book that women tended to define themselves as their sizes. Meaning. Men will say "I take" or "I wear" a whatever size, but women will often say "I am" a whatever size.

I thought okay, sure, fine. But I've been reading a lot of profiles on different people's sites, and you do see a number of women's profiles featuring their height, weight, or dress size. Men may tell you their hair and eye color and occasionally if they're big, but rarely much else.


Of course, men's site seem significantly less likely to include a "profile" or "about the author" page at all. So it may not be that women are defined by size and men by something else, but that women are more inclined to have collected a set of things that define them, while men don't put their definitions into words - or at least, don't share them with site visitors.

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I think something like that goes beyond "men" or "women". I think a lot of it has to do with what a person is hoping to gain from their website. I see your point, but I dont see any gender specifics in this one.

these are the thoughts of eris on August 14, 2002 09:18 PM

I avoid telling anyone what size I take, but I always feel justified in dodging that question because different designers do sizing differently. I honestly don't know what size I am, and I like it that way.

"Whatever fits me is my size"

(and that includes oversized men's shirts that don't really fit at all)

these are the thoughts of Kerri on August 15, 2002 08:00 AM

I'm thinking about may be true. I remember that I *used* to put my "stats" on my old sites. Of course it does have to do with the purpose of the site. I'm already delighted that there are men with personal pages ;) Mostly a blog and nothing more. These online places are more or less dominated by women.

these are the thoughts of yaya on August 15, 2002 10:07 PM

Hey... my site has an about me page and my hair and eye colour. but thats only because my hair and eyes are green and i have this strange obssesion with green. Scary.

Anyways, i like your site. Mines at

if you fancy swapping links, let me know and i'll stick you on my blogroll!

these are the thoughts of Andyk on August 22, 2002 05:23 AM

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