A Pennsylvanian man's Facebook post about women's clothing and body shaming went viral for pointing out the double standards that women face.
While Benjamin Ashton Cooper was helping his girlfriend Nicki Louloudis clean out her closet last week, he noticed that she was removing clothing with XL labels
Cooper tried on some of the outfits to demonstrate that her clothing size shouldn't be considered extra large.
"A woman my size is NOT an extra large woman," Cooper wrote in his May 5 post. "This bullshit right here is why we have 8-year-olds with eating disorders. This shit right here is why men shout 'fucking fat hog!' at even nominally curvy girls on the street."
In women's clothing, XL typically refers to sizes 18-20, however some models wearing size 12 clothes may be labeled as "plus size" by their agencies.
According to the Mayo Clinic, social pressures to have a "skinny" size could result in young women believing that they might be overweight when they're not. This perception, in turn, could lead to the development of eating disorders that impact nearly 20 million American women at some point in their lives.
Cooper's Facebook post went viral, and he says he's humbled by the experience.
"The population in my hometown is less than 1,000; I would never have dreamed my post would go this far," he wrote in a message to A Plus. "I've received thank you messages from all over the globe; Egypt, South Africa, Denmark, Australia, the U.K., just to name a few places. The overwhelming majority has been positive, and I can't express my gratitude enough."