The hourglass is not a solution

Posted: September 5, 2010 in Bodies, Gender, Pop Culture
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I don’t watch Mad Men myself (there is a slim chance I may watch the series just about to start in the UK on BBC iPlayer, but I think it unlikely), but it’s impossible to avoid hearing about its ‘curvy’ female stars being hailed as healthy relief from the unrealistic ideal of excessive thinness. I’ve finally given in and decided to blog about it.

Uh… no. Sorry. Yes, it’s good that we’re seeing women who aren’t excessively thin on our screens. But it’s not good that this is creating a different and just as unattainable beauty standard for women.

The bottom line is, we’re all stuck with the bodies we’ve got. They can be modified, both by processes like dieting and exercise and by surgical procedures, but the fundamentals of our body are very difficult to change. We can’t aspire to a body type we don’t have, whether that’s excessively thin, excessively muscular or excessively hourglass, and we will do ourselves damage if we try.

Your body is your body. Not anyone else’s. And no-one else can tell you how it should be, because you’re the one who has to see it in the mirror, and you’re the one who will have to deal with the fall-out if changes go wrong. It’s fine to change your body – but only if you want to. Your body, your choice.

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