Mindy Kaling on society's need to body shame

Mindy Kaling - comedic genius and all round babe - stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! back in April (I told you I'm not up to date on TV - h/t to Jillian Michaels for sharing this video) and shared her thoughts on society's need to body shame. Constantly.

Remaining hilariously eloquent, Kaling tackled the issue of body shaming, vocalizing thoughts much of the mainstream media is scared to consider, let alone express.

"I said this thing that didn’t seem controversial at all to me, which is that I am a woman who [is] trying to lose a little bit of weight but I don’t want to be skinny," Kaling explained. "People were like ‘That’s so great that you said it!’ and I didn’t think that was so weird. Every woman I know feels that way."

Kaling in one of her 'courageous' outfits.

Kaling in one of her 'courageous' outfits.

"I'm also the recipient of a lot of back handed compliments about [these outfits]. People are like 'It’s so nice that Mindy Kaling doesn’t feel like she needs to subscribe to the ideals of beauty that other people do.' And I’m like 'I do subscribe!' 

"They’re like, 'It’s so refreshing that Mindy feels comfortable to let herself go and be a fat sea monster.'

"By the way, I run and work out," she points out. "It takes a lot of effort to look like a normal/chubby woman. But the way they talk about it... 'She’s a pioneer because she’s like, she's glued to her sofa!'"

Kaling was shocked by the reaction to the above outfit. "In this photo, this new style, I’m showing a little midriff. Unless you have problems, for most women that’s a nice little area under your bra," she reasoned.

"First of all, people were pretty mean about it, but then some people were like 'She’s just so courageous!'

"Aren’t surgeons courageous?"