May. 6th, 2008

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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?

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