Women and Critical Mass

An interesting article from the UK’s Guardian on celebrities and weight:

Clearly, the world has gone mad. In this crazy parallel universe,
Hurley’s crash diet is a more notable achievement than the excellent
GCSE results achieved by Britain’s girls. Once, women were pigeonholed
by their age; now, they are circumscribed by their waistline. Every
magazine interview with a celebrity mother will wax lyrical about her
flat tummy, as if this were far and away the most pressing concern of
every new parent and the prime indicator of competent motherhood.

As bodies loom large in our consciousness, brains seem to pale into
insignificance. Why go to the effort of being a woman of substance,
when you will get so much more attention by being a waif?

and further into the article:

These days, no one ever just gains weight, but “piles on the pounds”; innocuous phrases such as “calorie-counting” and “slimming” have disappeared in favour of heroic “battles” with one’s weight; dieters are rewarded not just with thinner thighs, but with “new slimline figures”, as if they had traded their body in wholesale and started afresh.

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