A tagline on Al Jazeera is often used to promote the magazine’s style guide.
But the tagline has also come to be used to describe what some women see as a lack of respect for their bodies.
It is commonly used to imply that women’s bodies are not valued.
Al Jazeera used to give out a tagline, which was supposed to be a statement on the magazine, to promote its style guide and was meant to say, “Look, we’re not interested in being fat, we don’t want to be skinny, we do not want to look fat, and we’re proud of our bodies.”
But then a few months ago, the magazine decided to remove the tag line from the guide and replace it with a more neutral title, “Women, What Do You Think?”.
The new tagline said that women, “are just not allowed to be fat, skinny or fat”.
The editorial director of Al-Jazeera, Adnan Abad, has been criticised for using the phrase “not fat” when referring to women’s body image.
He has defended the use of the phrase by stating that it is not about fatness but rather body image and that the phrase is used to refer to the way women look and feel about their bodies and not to say that women are not beautiful.
However, the taglines used by the magazine are sometimes interpreted as a call for women to be thin, and in some cases even to be ashamed of their bodies, by men.
This, according to Fatima Azzopardi, is why many women, especially women of colour, feel that Al Jazeera should stop using the term “fat” in its style guides.
In her essay entitled “What is the meaning of the ‘fat’ tagline?” published on her blog on Friday, Azzobone says, “I’ve never used the word fat, but I have never been ashamed of my body either.
When I was in my 20s, I was a fashion model and a fat woman.
I’ve always been proud of my bodies and I’m proud of myself for being thin.”
She goes on to say: “I am also proud of the fact that I was the only one who was fat in the magazines I looked at.
I am proud that I had the courage to wear a dress, that I wore makeup, and that I didn’t have to hide my curves behind my body.
I was not ashamed to wear it and I am not ashamed of the way my body looks now.
I have been proud and proud to look like that, because I am confident that I look fat.”
The Al Jazeera fashion guide was edited by Fatima, which translates as “Fat girl” in Arabic, and published in April 2017.
Azzogno also points out that the guide was created by a company called Al-Ameen, which is also the owner of the clothing company the Fashion Academy.
“The idea was to make a guide which women would look at, because it’s the only way for them to find out what to wear.
And the only reason we have to do that is because they make the best clothes, so why should we have the right to say we’re too fat or too skinny?” she says.
“That’s the difference between the word ‘fatness’ and the word shame, because the shame is the feeling of shame, not the actual feeling of fatness.
That’s why I don’t use the word shaming.
It’s because I want to make women feel proud of their body.”
Azzoglobone’s comments about “the lack of value in women’s and girls’ bodies” have been met with a great deal of backlash on social media, with many commenting that the term is a sign of “sexual entitlement”.
One user, a user who goes by the name of Bikrida, tweeted that she had recently been referred to as a “sissy” and a “fat slut”.
“I’m not ashamed that I’m a girl.
I’m just proud of who I am,” she said.
“You’re not even ashamed to be black.
I love how fat you are.
It just means that you think women are supposed to look this way.”
Al Jazeera said that it was aware of the controversy, and has since deleted the phrase from its style section.
It said in a statement that it “is a company founded on values that are inclusive, inclusive of all people, including women, people of colour and those who identify with a different sexual orientation or gender identity.”
It added that the “tagline of the magazine does not reflect the brand’s values and its intent, and it does not indicate the magazine is in support of a particular gender, sexuality or sexual orientation.”