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HSG
5th July 2005, 16:30
<p>One more recent discussion from the old forum that we should carry over here is the thread about <a href="http://www.feedlindsay.com" target="_blank">www.feedlindsay.com</a>, the Web site that encourages readers to sign a petition asking actress Lindsay Lohan to stop starving herself.<p>As we initially noted, the site may not be particularly decorous, but what it lacks in subtlety, it makes up for in earnestness.<p>Sadly, the supposed "controversy" about the actress's size does nothing except give her some free publicity--which was undoubtedly her goal (or the goal of her promotional team) in the first place. It is another example of a trend that has been prevalent in the P.R. business for some time now: circumventing public cynicism about publicity ventures by attracting <i>negative</i> press, rather than positive press. The goal is simply to keep the celebrity in the public eye, to ensure that they stir up emotions, and if negative emotions are easier to stir up than positive ones, so be it.<p>How sad that the media doesn't spill more ink in praise of actresses who are, or who become, fuller-figured. Where were all of the stories praising Alicia Silverstone, or Hilary Duff, when they became curvaceous? Why is there no publicity craze about Christina Schmidt, or Raven-Symone, for being naturally plus-sized?<p><center>* * *</center><p>On the other hand, FeedLindsay.com is quite helpful in that it offers a glimpse of how the public <i>actually</i> feels about today's androgynous standard. The media has fabricated an artificial reality in which thinner is supposedly better--and sadly, some women actually buy into this myth. But <i>genuine</i> public sentiment is effectively expressed by the captions that accompany the site's cover images:<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/anti-diet_ad.jpg"></center><p>What the public <i>really</i> believes is that curves are "hot," and that emaciation is "not." You will never see this fact acknowledged in the diet-funded media--but it is nevertheless true.<p>In fact, when one puts those graphics side-by-side in that manner, one sees a very effective <strong>anti-diet ad</strong>, in which the "before" and "after" images have changed place. And this inverted order--with the curvaceous figure being presented as aesthetically preferable to the decrepit one--reflects the natural ideal of feminine beauty that still dwells in the human heart.<p><center>* * *</center><p>We should also take note of the brilliant graphic titled "iEat," which Julie Jones discovered at FeedLindsay.com, where it is emblazoned on a variety of merchandise, including t-shirts and buttons:<p><center><img src="http://www.judgmentofparis.com/forum/iEat.jpg"></center>
The image delivers a commendably positive message about body image, and encapsulates the spirit of size celebration in one single, memorable graphic.

MelanieW
6th July 2005, 17:21
There are a few online article about this web campaign, such as this one -

http://www.teentoday.co.uk/gossip/gossipstory346.shtml

Did you ever read the actual petition? It says -


"We urge you Lindsay to please pick up a sandwich and eat it, or ice cream, or any food that might put those oh-so-cute pounds back on. Sincerely, The Undersigned."


Who would have ever thought that we would hear "pounds" described as "oh-so-cute"?! I think it will be a major turnaround if young girls start thinking of their pounds as "cute", as something that adds to their beauty, not as "flaws" or anything ugly or embarrassing. And why shouldnt they?