The above photo is an image that comes up when you search “ghetto ratchet” on Google. I have no idea who this woman is, or where she’s located, but she’s not  been memorialized in the meme below that is circulating around the internet.


On The Root, Josie Pickens wrote that the woman is “audacious” for being bold enough to wear such an outfit, especially being full figured.

What is audacious, and what should be celebrated, about a half-dressed woman standing outside her local Wal-Mart? It’s that, considering her stance, she is unbothered by our collective judgment, and I love it!

I take this stance intentionally, while the “mean girls” launch into their routine, commenting on how awful and fat and unattractive and disgusting the woman pictured is. While the body- and fat-shamers relish having yet another opportunity to take to their soapboxes and exclaim how our acceptance of obesity is killing the black community. While the fashion police weigh in on how repulsive she looks, because, again, she’s fat and black. Inevitably, the crowd substitutes the master’s tool of racism with classism and talks about how ratchet she is, with her multicolored hair, visible cellulite and overall bad taste. Everyone has a laugh.

I totally get what Pickens is saying, but I’m not going to sit here and act as though that outfit looks nice on her. I’m not even sure it would like nice on anyone as a matter of fact. Whether thin or thicker.

To me, dressing for your body size is just as important as being presentable.  Nowadays, you don’t have to squeeze into an outfit that’s so constricting your breasts are popping out. And once again, that goes for skinny women too.  As a woman who is 5’11 and 200 lbs, I know there are certain articles of clothing I wouldn’t be caught dead in.  There’s traces of cellulite that I’ve had since college, maybe a little armpit fat, so I try to accentuate the positive instead of over emphasizing them. But that’s me. Not everyone is the same.

Clutchettes, do you think thicker woman should be applauded for showing their bodies?

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  • ShezSooUnusual

    Did I say something nasty or did I tell the truth?

    You haven’t rebutted anything I said because you know it’s true. You just don’t like that I had the temerity to say it.

    That’s your problem.

    I said I was neutral in regards to her clothing (she’s grown and free to wear what she wants), that does not mean that I won’t laugh myself into a tizzy if she exhibits behavior that makes her look like Boo Boo the Fool.

    The same goes for a petite woman. I’m an equal opportunity laugher.

    Did I tell her that she can’t go outside dressed like a bargain basement streetwalker just because she’s a woman of size? No, I clearly stated that she has that right.

    Did I say that she can’t make a workout DVD just because she’s a woman of size? I did not. I merely stated that as an obviously obese woman she looks ridiculous doing so.

    People instructing others on something that they quite frankly know nothing about (in this case an obese woman giving exercise tips) is bizarre. And her stomach is not flat. Those are both facts. Stating the obvious doesn’t make me nasty or any less neutral.

    It’s called spitting the truth.

    That’s the problem with some big girls. You’ll want people to throw sugar, honey and iced-t over everything to protect your feelings. Sorry, I can’t extend you that courtesy. Obesity is too big a problem in the Black community for us to continue to ignore it.

    Furthermore, your beef really should be with Spicee. Her behavior feeds the stereotype that big women are just sex objects who have to tolerate anything off of a man, peddle their wares to them just to be noticed or fulfill creepy fetishes. She’s a pornstar who sells sex to strangers on Backpage.

    Is that really the kind of person you want representing the plus-sized community?

    Word of advice: The same time and energy you fluffy ladies put into arguing with strangers over the Interwebs (and catfishing folks, which seems to be another popular pasttime for some of you) can also be used to adopt a fitness routine.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go do some burpees.

  • Issabella Flower

    Why don’t everybody just mind their own damn business?