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Published: Thursday, June 19 2014 12:55 p.m. MDT

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willows, ca

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.


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.

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