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Viral hashtag encourages women to speak out about body-shaming

Despite this being an era of body positivity, body-shaming is still going strong on social media.

This week, the latest offenders are the bros at Barstool Sports, a website that caters to "the common man."

On Tuesday, the dudes offered up a now-deleted post wondering if Rihanna was getting fat.

The writer went on to warn men that since Rihanna is a trendsetter, guys who don't like chubby girls should be worried.

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It may have gone unnoticed -- Barstool Sports pretty much makes a daily habit of commenting on some aspect of the female physique -- but it all happened just a few days after women began sharing on Twitter the body-shaming comments they have heard from others.

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Sally Bergesen, founder and CEO of Oiselle, an athletic wear brand by and for female athletes, started the hashtag #TheySaid to encourage women to tell their stories:

Women of all sizes weighed in on the memorable things people have said to them about their bodies.

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One commenter took aim at Bergesen asking how she could start an anti-body shaming hashtag when her line of athletic gear stops at size 12.

Bergesen acknowledged that her company had more work to do and would be looking into expanding sizes of some popular styles.


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Nedra Rhone has been a features reporter with the AJC for 10 years. She’s written about everything from fashion to food to news.