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...through The Feminine Mystique.  It's not really drudgery, it's more like every chapter I read makes me so angry that I have to take a long break before reading another.

I have a bone to pick with the fashion and beauty industries.  Stop referring to women who look like sticks as having the "perfect" body.  It is not the "all around, everyone needs to look like this and if you don't, well, you're a slob" figure.  Don't even call it a healthy body.  Just call it what it is- a slim, thin, skinny, or stick-like figure.  Heidi Klum is beautiful, but her body is far from "perfect."  As is mine.  Oh, gee, look at that, we're both humans with imperfect bodies.  What a surprise.  My "perfect" body will never look like Heidi's.  But it will be healthy.  Does that make me a slob, if I can't ever squeeze into a size six?  NO.  It doesn't.  

So ladies, do yourselves a favor.  The next time you or someone else is admiring a celebrity's body as "perfect", correct them.  Say, "No, it isn't perfect.  It's just thin."

Get it right, America.  And stop fooling yourselves that perfection lies in what you look like.  Perfection is undefinable because human beings will never achieve it.  How do you like them apples?

Date: 2008-05-06 12:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wcwh2opolo.livejournal.com
You tell them! Lol.... I have never tackled that book, although now I think I might. I have always liked to read engaging books that make me go WTF!!?? At them and throw them at the wall before continuing.

Date: 2008-05-06 02:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bitter-suite24.livejournal.com
Hear hear! I've never read The Feminine Mystique, and from what you just said I'm not sure I want to.

Date: 2008-05-06 03:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lenozzedifigaro.livejournal.com
Well, it's a really good book...just horrifying in what it reveals about gender inequality. :) I still think every woman should read it, no matter how frustrating it is- and still horrifying in how applicable it remains even today.

Date: 2008-05-06 02:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] magnetmind.livejournal.com
Even celebrities aren't really perfect enough for the modern beauty industry. See this recent Newsweek story (http://www.newsweek.com/id/135166).

Here's the Jezebel piece (http://jezebel.com/gossip/photoshop-of-horrors/heres-our-winner-redbook-shatters-our-faith-in-well-not-publishing-but-maybe-god-278919.php) on the Redbook Faith Hill cover mentioned in the article.

Oh, I do remember (and this must have been about 15 years ago) reading a teen magazine, probably Seventeen that had an article about choosing the most flattering jeans for your body type. They had pictures of a few different body types like "thin legs", "large hips", etc., and recommended whatever kind of jeans. But at the end of the line was "perfect figure", and they said if you were lucky enough to have this kind of body you could wear any style of jeans at all!

Even at 13 this ticked me off.


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