Thursday, September 13, 2007

Does This Make Me Look Fat?

Earlier this week we saw the tragic return of Britney Spears to performing as she "sang" and "danced" at the MTV Video Music Awards. The use of quotes was really quite intentional. But I'm not going to talk about how abysmal she performed, I'm sure that you've already heard enough about that over the past few weeks. I am going to talk about some of the reaction that has came to the former Mrs. Federline.

First off, I don't care if anyone calls her talentless, out of shape, washed up or anything else directly related to her performing abilities, because, frankly, they were atrocious. What I do care about is how have dared to call Britney fat. First off, take a look at that picture invading the left side of your screen. Does this woman look fat? Sure she's not quite as toned as she was a few years ago, but let's remember that she has had two children, which would not be easy on a gals weight.

Now I'm not upset about those comments for Britney's well being. I've never met the gal, and don't imagine that I ever will. But this drives me crazy because of the impact people calling Britney fat would have on any women out there. I have known my share of family members/friends/ex-girlfriends/students who have their share of completely unjustified body issues, and it completely staggers my mind. But this completely blows my mind out of the water.

If people are talking about Britney's weight, why is nobody mentioning Timbaland's? He's clearly much bigger than she is...ohh right, he has the wrong type of genitals to be compared to an impossible standard. I have never really got why so many women are compared (either in reality or through their own perception) to some sort of Barbie ideal, while men get off so easy. It's pretty clear that there are many different "types" of ideal male bodies, so those of you who aren't as buff as I am can be compared to say Justin Timberlake instead of a Greek Adonis. However, it is never ever noted that there are many different types of attractive female body types, not all of which are made of plastic.

I am amazed that nobody has really tried to take it to the media for this deathly serious issues - yes, I used the word deathly serious on purpose, check out this article on the growing anorexia rates. They are creating a generation of seriously unhealthy women, both physical and emotionally, and yet they are always in the clear, simply unreal.

I'm just going to close with an odd paradox that I don't really know the answer to. Why do anorexia and bulimia rates keep raising, while the obesity rates are sky rocketing? Doesn't make a lot of sense now does it?

Until next time,


1 comment:

dear beth. said...

and i love you.