I really need to vent!
I saw this photograph today of Keira Knightley at the premiere of the newest Pirates of the Caribbean.
This is just really frightening. Why do women do this to themselves? I don’t buy that this is her natural weight. I don’t buy that she is naturally slim. I don’t buy that she is small boned. I don’t buy that she has a really, really fast metabolism. This is not a healthy weight.
When did this become the example of perfect womanhood? Why do producers, directors, managers, agents encourage (or demand) this dangerous lifestyle. Where are this girl’s parents and family and friends?
And she’s not alone, you’ve seen them in the magazines and on television:
Nicole Richie and Lindsay Lohan –
Lara Flynn Boyle
Mary Kate Olsen and Calista Flockhart –
“I’ve always thought Marilyn Monroe looked fabulous, but I’d kill myself if I was that fat.”
Well…first of all, what an self-absorbed egomaniacal witch.
Second, take a look at Monroe and Jane Russell:
Fat? No. Slim? Yes. Skinny? No. Need a sandwich? Looks like they just had one (with chips) and enjoyed it.
Look, nobody can say that Monroe, Russell, Fonda, Bardot, Natalie Wood, etc. weren’t beautiful women. They also looked healthy.
See? Ummm…very healthy
I’ve been thin and I’ve been heavy. Mostly, I’m on the higher side of average. I thought I was supposed to look like a girl (with all those girl parts). It didn’t occur to me that I was suppose to starve myself to eliminate those parts.
I can’t believe things have changed so much that men prefer women that are flat chested with ribs poking through their skin and shoulder blades that could slit your hand wide open.
I’m also going to be mildly irritated when these same women get on the cover of Vanity Fair and People and Good Housekeeping whining about not being able to conceive. Hello? Ya shoulda thought about that when budgeted yourself one leaf of lettuce for the month of September in 2006!
I read that eating disorders and obsessive dieting are increasing among teen and pre-teens (pre-teens!). It’s not too hard to see why if these are the images thrust in their faces on magazine covers and in movies.
My mother has Parkinson’s disease. Her medication dulls her appetite to the point where she doesn’t want to eat. At some point, the Parkinson’s will progress and she will be unable to swallow. She was at 83 pounds a couple of months ago. We have been shoving Ensure Plus supplement drinks at her (6+ a day) and have gotten her up to 92 pounds.
To deliberately do this to yourself is demented.
Women: teach your daughters that beauty is within. Teach her that these women are unrealistic, plastic, and probably, ugly & unhappy people.
Men: appreciate women for their minds, their personality and their spirit. Make them feel beautiful whatever their weight (because that can change every few days). Women are hard enough on themselves. Don’t hound. Love them unconditionally. You don’t want her to love you less when you get love handles or lose some hair, do you? Wouldn’t that make her…shallow?
Keira, Nicole, Lindsay, Nicole, Mary Kate, & Calista – meet me at Dairy Queen, I’m buying.
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