[Trigger warning for discussions of weight, diet, thin privilege, fatphobia, body policing.]
Great post that highlights to just what extent women can never be thin enough. It reminded me of Luisel Ramos, the model who died from complications of anorexia—while participating in a fashion show.
And the biggest problem is the complete loss of connection with one’s body. No matter how thin one is, the conviction of one’s Not Being Thin Enough to the point of no longer recognizing the state of one’s own body- this is what terrifies me, both at a level of general culture as well as up close and extremely personal.
Thanks to greaterthanlapsed’s link to the upsetting story of Luisel Ramos (and her little sister), I read another article on the starvation of models. Sadly, several men in charge of the fashion industry felt no sense of responsibility whatsoever.
From the article: Didier Grumbach, head of the Chambre Syndicale, the body that governs French fashion, says it is not the role of fashion to solve public health problems.
‘I think it’s a non-issue. You don’t solve public health problems by regulating the size of models,’ he says. ‘You know, fashion is only the reflection of what is happening in society. It is not the cause.’”
I do not believe him. I do not believe that girls look at pictures in magazines or online, watch movies or tv, or play with barbie dolls (or computer games), to observe the form of women in all these form of culture, only to remain unshaken and observe that these shows have got it wrong. Because girls are part of culture. Their mothers and fathers are. The boys who want a girlfriend -also those who don’t- are part of culture. It’s hard to pin down and easy to displace blame. At this point I guess I believe that sharing blog posts like this are a very small start of a discussion, a sharing of opinion, a deepening of consciousness.