Thursday, February 16, 2012

A little tired of "real women"

Not the women themselves, but the phrase "real women," especially in regard to women's bodies.  The fact is, someone like Adele should not have to either defend herself against snarky "fat" comments or be held up as "inspirational." Her body would be perfectly unremarkable if she was walking down any street in America.

Besides, I hear a clock ticking as soon as I hear someone declared the latest "Real woman, real body role model." How long before she becomes the next spokeswoman for Weight Watchers?  It seems that as soon as someone gets attention for not fitting the cookie-cutter fashion mold, she has to be "fixed" as soon as possible before we get any ideas that it's okay to be the size we are.

I'm not holding my breath for the messages to change in the media.  Someone decided that this kind of body anguish sells a lot of products. If it stopped working, they might stop doing it.  There are a few places, like {intimacy}, that seem to get that making us feel better, not worse, might get us to spend more money.  They can afford to send the message that the clothes should fit us, not the other way around, because they charge a premium for that service.  Finances aside, I'd like to see that message catch on.

In the meantime, I really don't care that much about finding real body role models.  My body is going to look like itself, and any change that happens is going to be the result of making changes to my inputs and outputs, not finding someone's picture to hang on my wall.  If I have to pick, though, I'll take the nameless woman in this fake Nike ad.

3 comments:

  1. I love that Nike ad. These days I'm less concerned with my size and more concerned that when I tried the P90X fit test, I couldn't do jumping jacks for two minutes straight without stopping! Here's to focusing on the good stuff.

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  2. Haha! I love that Nike ad and her gorgeous butt.

    I thought it was strange when Jennifer Hudson went on weight Watchers there was this sigh of relief - like it was such a burden on "us" that she was carrying around all that weight (she was a 16). NOW they are all atwitter because they "worry" she is losing too much weight. Such preoccupation and breathlessness over other people's bodies. I have trouble accepting my own. Others? Pfft.

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  3. I am SO with you..marketing is designed to pit us all against each other. We're ALL real freaking women...

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