- Debi (aka innerbrat) wrote an amazing post about body image. Excerpted:
The people who turn a profit by telling us that we are fat and undesirable and unacceptable are men. Men like James Chambers (CEO of Weight Watchers) Paul Polman (CEO of Unilever, which produces Slimfast and many ‘low-fat’ foods) or Ian T Clark (CEO of Genentech, which produces the weight loss drug Xenical.) Beyond monetary profit, policing women’s bodies, telling us what is or isn’t acceptable for us to look like – because a mannequin, when you get down to it, is nothing more than a visual representation of what a woman looks like, however you dress your arguments about health – is just one of the many timeless ways in which the patriarchy has exerted its power over women. From childhood, women are told how to dress, what to put on our faces, how to behave, how to style our hair, what we are allowed to put in (or take out) of our genitalia or even what facial expression we are allowed to wear.
Women are subjected, constantly, every time we turn on the TV or look at the internet or venture into the world, to the reminder that our bodies are not our own, but belong to a society dominated by men, and that this society is going to exert its ownership of our bodies all the way from the laws imposed by Government down to what mannequins are displayed in shops. Yes, everyone participates in society, but to claim that every one is equally influential or equally affected by body image debates is ridiculous.
Please go and read the rest here.
- You all did know that the inimitable Mr. Mustard is back on LJ as gutbloom, right? Surely this heralds the pronouncement of LiveJournal as the social network of 1885.
- Humuhumu kissed her first frog prince, at Daddy's (!) behest. She was...not impressed.
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