Ragen is a hypocrite (again)

She blathers on and on and on about ‘The Underpants Rule.’  According to Ragen, The Underpants Rule states:

everyone is the boss of their own underpants so you get to choose for you and other people get to choose from them and it’s not your job to tell other people what to do. To illustrate, if you’re considering saying something that starts with

  • People should
  • Everyone ought to
  • What people need to do
  • We should all
  • Nobody should
  • You shouldn’t
  • blah blah things that have to do with underpants that aren’t yours blah blah

then there is a 99.9% chance that you are about to break The Underpants Rule.

But she posted this gem on facebook the other day

The solution, by the way, is not for me to become a different size – I’m not the problem, the choices are. The solution is for more clothes to be made in my size.

Can someone please enlighten me?  We are not supposed to say anything that hurts her feelings.  But she is perfectly within her rights to dictate to a business what they ‘need’ to do?  She has a right to demand that they carry clothes in her size, no matter the economic cost.  Or the cost to the business.  It is just something that they ‘need to do?’

No wonder this chick never graduated from college – she can’t even understand the basic principle of supply and demand.

8 thoughts on “Ragen is a hypocrite (again)

    • You beat me to it…I was just about to say that with the ever-increasing number of people Ragen’s size and larger, clothing companies have to cater to that market. I’m investing my next bonus in muu muus!

      • Get with the times! Muumuus are so ’70s. Today’s fresh and modern fattie wears large t-shirts and elastic-waisted pants. Which I am actually wearing right now. Hmm.

    • You’d be surprised, actually. Part of the problem with finding decent clothes for fat people is what Ragen is trying to solve: people are unwilling to spend money on anything but ill-fitting old navy crap because they think hey, I’m gonna lose weight anyway. Then sometimes they do. Or don’t. Or gain weight.

      It’s weird, though, because there’s billions of dollars being dangled in front of the fashion industry that they don’t seem to want because it means we’d be lumbering into their stores, or they’d have to put some size 8 plus-size models on their websites or in their catalogs.

      • Don’t forget that fat accumulates on each person differently. Once a person starts losing that basic “human” shape, anything can happen. Now try desigining “flattering”, well-fitted clothes for a demographic who’s all different.

  1. @John Galt, that’s also true for thin people…there are intimate variations in body shape ie. short waisted, long waisted, hip-waist proportion etc. have a friend who is rail thin who basically gave up on finding any pants that looked good on her…..none of the standard modestly priced pants options fit her. I took her to a high-end department store and we visited every designer until finally she found one whose ‘cut’ worked for her body.

    As a larger person who usually can fit into the largest size on the normal rack,16-18, I find basically I can get my size if I show up very soon after the stuff arrives. But guess what, my size is always gone FIRST, the 12 and 14 (which by the way are the average sized women) also disappear very quickly.

    What lingers forever? Yep, you guessed it: The size 2 and 4. What is on the sale rack discounted 1000% at the end of the season? Again, it’s those tiny little sizes.

    In a grocery store, if the vanilla flavored yogurt is popular and the strawberry isn’t, after a few weeks of seeing the strawberry expire on the shelves, the buyer will adjust the order to get more vanilla. Why does this not happen with clothes?

    It’s a complete mystery to me, and it’s really a separate issue from why a designer or brand doesn’t choose to offer very large plus sizes ie. 22-30 While I don’t agree with the logic, I can see why a brand might decide simply not to cater to a particular segment of the population. However, when a brand/style already does come in a variety of larger sizes, why do stores not order the actual mix of sizes that will sell?

    Is it possible it is as simple as the fact that their computer systems record which models have sold but not which sizes are left over? Perhaps the sales people inform management that the mix should be altered, but management doesn’t listen? Or do the stores want to order a more realistic mix of size and the suppliers are refusing to sell more than a certain percentage of large items? Or do stores think having too many dumpy (ie. average) women milling about will ruin their image?

    Either way, I’m pretty sure this decision is not a good economic one, and I think in the long run it is going to contribute to the demise of bricks and mortar stores. Once ‘average’ women get in the habit of buying online it’s going to be hard to woo us back when stores finally realize how stupid they’ve been.

    • The problem is the bias in your selection. If you go to a store like Wal-Mart, they carry exactly the clothes that they’ve determined will maximize profit. They won’t refuse to order more size 16+ if they can sell more in the place of smaller sizes.

      The problem is you’re going to clothing stores that sell at higher profit margins on the basis of consumer perception. For women’s clothes, they need to keep a slim clientele in order to maintain that image. If it is generally fat women who wear the clothes, then they will not maintain that image which is the basis of the higher profit margins. If they lose the perception of their products as being “classy” or “nice” (relative to Wal-Mart etc. clothes), then they have to compete with stores like Wal-Mart, which is incredibly difficult.

  2. The sentence is a question, the quote is not; therefore, the question mark goes on the outside.

    It is just something that they “need to do”?

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