Controversial ‘body shaming’ opinion sparks social media debate

Is making fun of men who lose their hair because of male pattern baldness a form of body shaming? Thousands of social media users seem to think so.

On May 5, Reddit user isthisausername2 posted their controversial take in the aptly named r/unpopularopinion forum.

In their post, they claim that making fun of men for losing their hair is “just as bad as any other form of body shaming.”

“Watching yourself lose all of your hair and not being able to do anything about it is an agonizing process and no one deserves to be made fun of for it,” they said. “It is just as bad as any other form of body shaming and people who do it should be called out on it. If you think making fun of people who are fat, skinny, small, big etc etc is bad, but making fun of bald people is okay, then you are a hypocrite.”

Most people seem to agree with isthisausername2’s stance. As of May 6, their post has more than 52,000 upvotes, plus several thousand positive comments.

“You’re right. No one should be made fun of for physical qualities that are out of their control,” one person commented. “It’s emotional.”

“A lot of people think it’s okay to make fun of: Short men, balding men, men with smaller penises, fat men etc. Unfortunately the world isn’t ready to talk about how this hurts people,” another user added.

Some people, however, felt that isthisausername2 was being too sensitive.

Reddit is soft,” one person said.

“I’m balding and it’s far from agonizing,” another user added.

Ultimately, though, the overwhelmingly majority of the r/unpopularopinion community agreed that making fun of someone because they are balding is a form of bullying.

“If someone looked at a young woman in this day and time and said, ‘Oh but look her boobs are sagging already,’ I don’t think people would be very happy, but it’s completely normal to say, ‘Oh but look he’s balding’ to a young man,” one user pointed out. “I think people sometimes forget men have feelings too.”

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