Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters Review

Here’s a book review I posted on Amazon a little while back. I should begin by saying that genuine eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa are awful psychological conditions. But for feminists to exploit such an illness by conflating it with counting calories at mealtime and teenage girls being ‘obsessed’ with looking good, all as a reason to demonize men, as well as promoting legislation or social policy which hampers efforts to combat the far more urgent problem of obesity amongst young people… well it is shocking and its disgraceful. Here is the review :

’This book is not only false and misleading on so many levels, it’s actually dangerous. Books like these now influence public policy and legislation and when the victims will not only be middle-aged men paying for the patriarchal sins of their forefathers, but also children and young people, then its time to read with a little more critical sobriety.

No matter the exaggerated number, but very real tragedy, of young women suffering from eating disorders – they have complex psychological causes. What is more, obesity clearly represents a far greater and urgent health problem facing our young people. Many American tourists come to my city and I have to say that I have never spotted an anorexic amongst them. I would however say that around half the young American females I see are unhealthily obese – by any reasonable definition. It strikes me therefore as utterly obscene for an American author to pretend that anorexia (a terrible psychological illness though it is) is in any way comparable to the threat posed by obesity to the health and well being of our young people today.

And yet the author has the audacity to claim (with no empirical proof or rational argument) that obesity itself is simply another eating disorder resulting from the evil objectification of the female body by men. Does obesity really have nothing to do with the junk food culture or the failure of parents to teach children responsible eating habits? Or, in fact, that so many females now DON’T care about living up to traditional ideas of femininity and grace? If we ban images of slim women (as the French have recently done) we will simply be guilty of encouraging obesity and therefore of abusing our children…even if middle-aged feminists no longer feel jealous rage whenever they watch a bikini model in a beer commercial or threatened by a slim teenage girl turning the heads of their husbands (they will all be over 18 stone soon before they even hit puberty).

Actually, it would be far better for the physical health of young Americans (if not the psychological health of middle-aged feminists) for young girls to be given compulsory beauty classes at college. Wanting too much to be attractive to the opposite sex appears to be the last thing on the average American girl’s mind.

Of course, no mention is made of the millions of young American males who are now force feeding themselves daily with steroids in order to be sexually acceptable to the opposite sex, knowing that they will likely be dead at 40 through liver disease or some other consequence.

What does the author really want men to do and what would be the consequences for us if we did it? Are we really to feel guilt and self-hatred at finding slim females attractive? Should we start cutting ourselves in shame and guilt every time an image of Maria Shaparova enters our heads instead of an 20 stone Russian shot putter (or feminist)?

And why no public discussion of the grotesque female sexual fetishisation of urban gangsta culture? Something that increasingly turns our young men into violent brutes willing to kill each other in a warped and tragic desire to seek validation from their female peers?’