WOMEN
04/16/2014 04:06 pm ET Updated Apr 16, 2014

You Can Call A Man Fat But You Can't Fat-Shame Him

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When a male contact sent me a 14-slide New York Post slideshow of paparazzi beach photos Leonardo DiCaprio under the headline “The Great Fatsby?” I felt a pang of empathy unprecedented in my relations with A-list actors. Poor Leo, of all people: carelessly frolicking Bora Bora surf, his hair in a man-bun and a 22-year-old in his arms, without the faintest idea that his body would soon be served up for our evaluation. He was oblivious to his appearance, yes, but even so, his body hardly seemed to qualify as fat. No question mark!

“I look like that,” my friend said. He was actually a little bit hurt, I think.

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