This is what I have to read - comments on how fat American women are? I read a
lovely article on the sacrifice of mothers on DN, and the best comment some guy
had to say was how fat mothers don't measure up to his wife, a mother of
eight who's still thin.When talking about strong women,
especially mothers, it's discouraging to read these
"put-women-back-in-their-place" comments. No one's asking for
heroines to look fat and unhealthy, but why do comments on women's issues
always go this direction? Can't comment on the value of women beyond the
numbers on their scale?Marilyn Monroe was 30 years ago, and believe
me, she would be considered fat by today's standards - certainly not
"promoting anorexia." When "normal" isn't considered
attractive enough, the problem lies with the man, not with the woman.
Fat-shaming isn't an acceptable excuse for the lack of normal, believable
heroines in the media. Girls and women would appreciate normal heroines to look
up to; but that's not good enough for chauvinists, obviously.
Having a female hero of appropriate body type is difficult these days - at least
if she is American - and it's the result of our obesity epidemic that
though is global is particularly large in the US. A female hero that would 30
years ago be called of normal weight would be criticised for promoting anorexia.