Stop Bullying Plus-Sized Women Just Because You're Uncomfortable

Stop Bullying Plus-Sized Women Just Because You're Uncomfortable

Natalie Hage wasn't going to take the bullying.
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Natalie Hage is a plus-sized Instagram model and an advocate for body positivity. While on a recent flight to Los Angeles, Calif. for a photoshoot, Hage noticed that the man sitting next to her was not only behaving rudely, but also texting fat jokes to a friend. Hage took a video of the interaction and posted it online for us all to see.

‘’I paid almost $70 extra for this seat I’m in because I know I need a little extra leg room,’’ Hage wrote under photos of the man’s texts. ''I’m extremely flight anxious but there were only middle seats available so I had to take what I could get. As soon as I sit down, the gentleman on my left began LOUDLY huffing, sighing, and readjusting himself in his seat.’’

The man took photos of Hage and sent them to his friend.‘’Hopefully she didn’t have any Mexican food,’’ the text’s recipient wrote.

‘’I think she ate a Mexican,’’ the man replied.

Hage then added that the man texted that he was 'leaving a neck mark on the window' because he was so smashed against the wall’’.

‘’From the photos, you see I’m not in his space,’’ Hage wrote under the video posted to social media sites. ‘’He’s even taken over both arm rests on purpose, coming to my space and digging his elbows into my side...which is my seat. I didn't do anything to him..."

Things got so bad that Hage stood up for herself. And she filmed the encounter for everyone to see.

The man said something along the lines of ‘’Sorry, sorry. I was drinking.’’ He then proceeded to make Natalie uncomfortable.

‘’You probably shouldn’t be sitting in an exit row seat,’’ the man said. ‘’When they ask if you’re willing and capable to assist people in getting off the airplane in an emergency, do you honestly think you are?’’

Hage responded ‘’You know nothing about me from the size of my body…My body is none of your business. Don't ever treat somebody like that again.’’

The story has gone viral. It has over a million views on Facebook.

When thanking her followers, Hage wrote ‘’ I couldn’t NOT speak up. I’m so tired of fat people being a social punching bag. I won’t stand for it. I hope this dude learned something today.’’

Way to go, Natalie

Cover Image Credit: NY Daily News

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.
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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

Cover Image Credit: Julia Waterbury

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The Pain & Beauty Of Vulnerability

Why being vulnerable is so scary.

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Being vulnerable is something that has never come easily to me. Being able to openly discuss what's on my mind has been a constant struggle throughout the many relationships and friendships I have had. "Why are you mad?" was once the most frightening questions someone could have asked me.

Vulnerability is a scary concept that I think about nearly every day in many social interactions.

But why do I feel this overwhelming difficulty of telling people how I truly feel? Is it because of how I was raised? Is it because of a life experience Is it just because I hate confrontation?

If we are being real, it's probably a combination of multiple things, but here I am attempting to let myself and the stories I have been brought to attention.

It's no fault to my parents, but more so to society, that I wasn't comfortable talking about what was going on inside my mind. In a world where women were, and still are, consistently silenced, being speaking my mind never seemed like the smart thing to do.

I used to, and honestly sometimes still do, think it's tacky to put exactly how you are feeling out into the world for everyone to see, read, comment and ask questions about. I used to delete "friends" (those people you add on Facebook but aren't really your friends in real life) off of the social network who opened up too much on their statuses or Tweets because they annoyed me and made me think too much about my own life.

I would rather no one know the personal details of my life. I would rather idealize my life to everyone around me and deal with my issues on my own time. But that's not the way the world functions and being vulnerable is a crucial point to living a less stressful life.

My hopes with my new endeavor of being a writer for Odyssey is that this platform allows me to work on my vulnerabilities and allow people to get to know the real me, and I challenge everyone who reads this article to do the same.

Have a conversation with yourself and those closest around you about something you haven't previously been open about. Journal about it. Write a song. Blog about it. Yell it out your freaking window. Feel the freedom and beauty that comes along with being that vulnerable.

This adventure will squeeze my brain until the vulnerability is oozing out and I'm annoying everyone with my feelings. My life's encounters may not interest everybody, but I feel as though it has value and life lessons within it that could help at least one person, even if that person is just me.

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