BBC : Are Thin Women the Enemy?

The BBC sexual trade union mouthpiece finally brings a breath of much needed honesty to its reports, or at least its headline in this case :

BBC : Are Thin Women the Enemy?

From super-skinny celebrities to models with low BMI, people are speaking out about women they perceive to be too thin. But some experts worry this behaviour makes things worse.

This week, Israel passed a law banning models from advertisements or fashion shows if they measure less than 18.5 on the body mass index (BMI). It's part of an effort to promote health for women of all sizes, and to stop glorifying the ultra-thin.

"Beautiful is not underweight," says Rachel Adato, one of the creators of the bill.

In recent years, much attention has been paid to how women are portrayed in the media, whether it's an overly airbrushed magazine model with an impossibly slim waist, or a TV starlet with protruding collar bones.

In an era when pro-anorexia communities congregate on social media sites like Pinterest, it's no wonder that lawmakers are concerned with women's body image.

For sure, reducing the number of images that portray women as very thin is beneficial, says Claire Mysko, director of Proud2BeMe, a website created with the National Eating Disorders Association (Neda) to promote healthy body image.

"There is a danger in being constantly exposed to one image of beauty," she says. "There is a serious lack of body diversity in the media. People are not seeing themselves and their bodies reflected."

 

It's been claimed by homophobes that the use of ridiculously skinny models is rife in the fashion world because the industry is dominated by homosexuals - the nearest thing they can get to dressing up sexless boys in their favourite dresses.

I think it's more likely that the fashion designers, and those who attend the shows and buy the magazines with the models on the front covers, simply want to see beautiful fashions associated with beautiful girls.  Models tend not to be fat and ugly because nobody would even be able to look long enough to notice the clothes.

Despite what blank slatist feminist fantasists would have, men and women know what female beauty is, and it's not a size 14.  Having said that, neither is an anorexic 6ft model.  So why are there so many fashion models like that?

Steve Moxon argues that eating disorders in adolescent girls and young women are a kind of psychological resistance to the awareness that one is changing from a peak sexually desirable menarcheal girl into a woman.  I suppose skinny models could therefore be presenting the subliminal message to women that, in this dress, you too can be back to your young adolescent virginal self.  Height isn't noticeable on a magazine cover when the model is alone, and is even hard to judge on the runway.  Long slender legs, and a slim girlish waist are more noticeable.

Ironically, the ban on young girls taking part in fashion shows and model shoots might be making the problem worse, if skinny models are a kind of replacement for the teenage girls who would otherwise predominate.

Regardless of all these thoughts, the fact remains that, no matter how tragic anorexia is, the problem of obesity is an immeasurably greater and more serious health issue facing children and young people today (both boys and girls).

To focus on slim  models as 'the enemy' because it supposedly presents a 'narrow ideal of beauty', and to actively encourage larger women to be portrayed as an ideal in the media at a time when a fifth of children are already obese in the UK, is nothing short of child abuse, and one of the sexual trade union's most wicked crimes against children.

11 thoughts on “BBC : Are Thin Women the Enemy?

  1. Deano

    It is also unfair when naturally thin girls are labeled anorexic simply because they are blessed with a thin frame and have no trouble maintaining that shape.

    A girl who works near me is in her mid 30's yet has a tight bod like a 17 year old bikini model. She can eat what she wants and just stays thin and toned. She works out a fair bit, but it's mainly down to genetics and some fitness training.

    She's an utterly lovely girl too. The fat, snarly femibitches hate her because she's hot, gets on well with most people and enjoys being a girly girl. She is very popular amongst nice people and whenever she needs help, she is flooded with offers. No wonder the feminists hate her!

  2. inclinedreader

    “There is a danger in being constantly exposed to one image of beauty,” she says. “There is a serious lack of body diversity in the media. People are not seeing themselves and their bodies reflected.”

    Not true. People of all shapes, sizes, ages, and levels of physical attractiveness and health can be seen every time you turn on your TV or flip through any newspaper or magazine that's out there. There is no "lack of body diversity". That's nonsense.

    Of course, if other people's beauty and thin-ness pose a major problem for you and you become anorexic or otherwise unhealthily obsessed with your body and your body image, then that is not good. Anorexia is never good. You have a right to be in good health, no matter what nature has dealt you in terms of how you measure up to modern-day ideals of beauty. But again, super-thin models, while you do see them in the media, are far from being the norm. I suspect that a big part of anorexia is not just a fixation with one's own body image, but also a fixation towards all the thin models you see, while normal-sized people at the same time fade from your view. It's a kind of very unhealthy tunnel vision.

    I'm all in favor of public awareness campaigns against anorexia and other body image issues. A lot of good can potentially come from telling people, in particular teenage girls who are the most vulnerable in this respect, that they are fine just the way they are. But to me, banning thin models altogether isn't far from censorship.

    As for the law that has been passed in Israel - if it helps promote a healthy body image and at the same time doesn't mean that from now on you will only see overweight women in bikinis in ads and commercials, then that's fine with me. But I read somewhere that in Israel, about two percent of (young) people are thought to be anorexic. A whole two percent. One in fifty. While that is regrettable, it hardly makes it a pandemic. I am sure there are many other disorders in Israel that have befallen many times more people, but you don't often hear much about laws being passed to address them (just think food laws against obesity). I suspect that there's really the usual feminist extremist hidden agenda at play again. And banning models with an unhealthy BMI is just their first step on a long way to burquaizing each and every slender attractive young Israeli woman.

  3. jack

    I find it funny how everyone conspires to ignore the elephant in the room regarding anorexic model. It's a white elephant and it is aka cocaine. Skinny + lines of coke = super-skinny. Another taboo about fashion models is catwalks being no more than high-end whore line-ups. That's why wealthy men attend in droves. Nobody is interested in the horrible designer rags. I can't help being envious of those wealthy geezers: they not only get top skinny pussy, they get it bareback. In a sense they deserve it because they (not the wymyns) are the ones who supply the illegal stuff and face the music in the unlikely event that things go wrong.

  4. In my opinion, it is very wrong to label any body type as the enemy. Beauty comes in a wide range of shapes and sizes, and even in the extremes, if a woman does the best she can and preserves her femininity, she is at least someone attractive. This rivalry between fat and skinny women hearkens to the rivalry between women of different ethnicities. I don't know if there's a cure for it since it's just female nature to compete this way (if you can't make yourself look better, try to make the other look worse), but whatever it is should not be institutionalized. It should remain a petty squabble between cliques and not ever become a national standard.

  5. Alan Vaughn

    @theantifeminist
    Did you know of our apparent ally: Nicole? (she posted her ideas on this topic of thin girls above) I have just been reading a few posts on her blog, she tells an interesting story about our friend Elvind Berge too. This girl is great!

  6. Dave

    Female presenter: "We want to eat and eat and be fat bastards and you will find us attractive. We'll slander any woman who isn't. You will!"

    Male viewer 1: "Fuck that."
    Male viewer 2: "No thanks."

  7. evilwhitemalempire

    Despite what blank slatist feminist fantasists would have, men and women know what female beauty is, and it’s not a size 14. Having said that, neither is an anorexic 6ft model. So why are there so many fashion models like that?

    ****************

    because part of female eem-pow-er-meeent involves women dictating to other women what we men like because the alternative would be to place men, themselves, in that position

    and we can't have that can we?

    also if weight standards we're in accord with what most men actually prefer then they would appear entirely too reasonable to make a fuss over

    compare: feminist pointing to shapely female and saying "look what men make us do!"
    vs.
    pointing to auschwitz survivor and saying the same thing

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