I really don’t think I like this quote. I thought the whole point of body positivity is to stop this idea that a particular body type is ‘normal’, and that we shouldn’t be bashing skinny people OR fat people. The article this quote is taken from is good though, as it talks about how, “Gleefully, women pasted [that Marilyn Monroe pic] on their social media walls and blogs, obnoxiously reiterating to the world that unlike their less sophisticated peers they had a more nuanced understanding of beauty and worth. Real Men, it was claimed, are attracted to Real Women. Women with real thighs, real breasts and real personalities - as if being naturally thin somehow renders you artificial, and depth and breadth of personality needs an equivalently rotund area in which to fit. Is that what the battle of body image has really been reduced to?”
Glamour Magazine Body Size Stereotypes Survey:
What the Glamour Magazine poll shows about the assumptions women hold
Heavy women are pegged as…
“lazy” 11 times as often as thin women; “sloppy” nine times; “undisciplined” seven times; “slow” six times as often.
While thin women are seen as…
“conceited” or “superficial” about eight times as often as heavy women; “vain” or “self-centered” four times as often; and “bitchy,” “mean,” or “controlling” more than twice as often.
Even the “good” labels are unfair.
An overweight woman may be five times as likely to be perceived as “giving” as a skinny one. “But it just fits into the stereotype that thin women are not that way,” explains Ann Kearney-Cooke, Ph.D. “It’s still putting women in a box based on their body size.”
This is so interesting… and really sad. The fact that heavy women ALSO judge heavy women and thin women judge other thin women is so disheartening.
Hopefully places like Stop Hating Your Body can help change this even a little bit at a time…
(click on the image for the entire article, it is worth the read!)
It’s very interesting that the article is about stereotypes, and yet both the women shown here, while their body sizes are different, are both white, blonde, and what the media would like to push as being ideally ‘beautiful’.
Yes, I understand that the two bodies should be otherwise similar to drive home the point that the size of the body is the only thing affecting the opinion. But still, why choose a white, blonde, ‘beautiful’ person to begin with?
That being said, however, the article does make a good point. People are far too eager to place people in a box strictly on what the shape of their body, and it’s not okay. The only way to change is to question what you’re made to think, and why.
It would be interesting to see the comparisons done in other similar women of different backgrounds. Not just dark skin/hair and light skin/hair but both women having similar features of varying races and backgrounds. I think the words would change a little.
Art’s great nudes have gone skinny
Italian artist Anna Utopia Giordano has created a visual re-imagination of historic nude paintings, had the subjects conformed their bodies to what the 21st century considers an ideal of beauty. The results are revealing—and quite shocking in what they say about the modern attitude toward women’s bodies.
oh no no no no D8<
Just to be clear, the woman who made these adjustments didn’t do it because she thought the skinnier ones looked better; she did it to highlight the shocking comparison in beauty ideals.
I hate this. I am all for keeping fit and healthy, but this is just like… brainwashing. Zombies. Fuck this picture.