View Full Version : Expressions of plus preference

M. Lopez
29th October 2005, 04:05
I recall that someone on this forum once wrote about how size-positive terminology (and thinking) is creeping into mainstream discourse. Well, here are two further examples of this development.

They may seem merely incidental, but I think they reflect a change in society's view of the plus aesthetic - especially since the articles in which they appear have nothing to do with the fashion industry.

First, in this restaurant review, the writer is waxing eloquent about the soup at a Russian-themed restaurant,


and he chooses to express his appreciation in the following manner:

"Seriously - the flavors are so vivacious, they're like nothing you've ever tasted.

If this soup were a woman, she'd be full-figured - and proud of it."

How interesting that to describe this delightful aesthetic experience (the "vivacious" flavors of the servings), the writer chooses to invoke a comparison with a full-figured woman - and specifically, with one who is "proud" of her generous proportions.

Now, the second article is a review of a certain type of French wine,


and it includes the following statement:

"Roussanne and marsanne are traditionally blended in France; each brings out the best in the other master sommelier Alpana Singh explains: "Marsanne can be described as the more full-bodied twin with sexier curves and more weight on its frame while roussanne is its thinner, leaner and more sinewy sister."

Isn't that interesting? The writer instinctively ascribes "sexier" qualities not to the "thinner, leaner" sister in his analogy, but rather, to the "more full-bodied" sister with curves - whom he specifically describes as having "more weight on [her] frame."

That is a real advance, I think - to find an association of sexiness not just with more curves, but with more weight. As we all know, curves can (unfortunately) be synthetically manufactured, but weight implies natural fullness of figure.

And the fact that the thin sister in the writer's analogy is described as "sinewy" implies that the "sexier" sister with "more weight" has a softer figure.

Underlying both articles is a clearly-expressed aesthetic preference for full-figured feminine beauty. It's a marvellous trend, and I hope it continues.