Letter to the editor
I was pretty impressed by this - a lengthy letter to the editor that some fellow in Kentucky wrote to his local newspaper, decrying the way in which the fashion industry brainwashes women into starving themselves
Here are the highlights:
I appreciate the fact that he contrasts the modern starvation standard with timeless ideals of full-figured beauty. Also, his central point - that the people who have imposed the anorexia look aren't even attracted to women - is crucial. It's a theme that has come up on this forum before, and it's well worth keeping in mind.
I wish more people, men and women, would raise their voice about this subject whenever and wherever they can.
Re: Letter to the editor
The letter is a battle cry, a call to arms exhorting women to throw off the shackles of the industry that has been oppressing them for so long, and to live lives free from alien, androgynous ideals.
Every point that the writer makes deserves scrutiny, but several stand out as especially pertinent:
1. Why follow the dictates of fashion, when it is dominated by individuals who aren't attracted to women in the first place--indeed, who appear to hate them?
2. The beauty ideal of the past was very different. It was a fuller-figured standard, one that was enshrined by men who actually adored women. It therefore offers a healthier and more beautiful alternative to modern emaciation.
3. Rejecting the fashion industry's tyranny of taste would put an end to the blight of anorexic models.
4. Women have the power to make all of this happen, and to break the industry's monopoly, by rejecting modern fashion outright.
5. Not to do so leaves women stuck with the worst kind of role models--actresses and fashion waifs whose job it is to look emaciated and androgynous, simply to please the anti-feminine tastes of those who are in control of the media.
All of these points are important, but none more so than the first. Women shoulder reflect on the identity of the people to whom they give so much power over their self-image:
A question I always ask myself is: “Who’s telling me this?”
Anyone who has watched Project Runway, or seen interviews with "top" designers or magazine editors, will know what a rogue's gallery of freaks and weirdos ends up comprising the "leadings lights" of fashion. These are people who would have been outcasts in high school. They grow up embittered and resentful of the mainstream, contemptuous of traditional values, resentful of voluptuous femininity (if they are women) or biologically predisposed not to be attracted to it (if they are men), and eager to "scandalize" the public whenever they can.
Re: Letter to the editor
I would love to see this letter reprinted in newspapers and magazines the world over. We women need to take back our power from those who get wealthy by making us feel bad about ourselves. We need to celebrate the vitality of life-size women, and to stop buying, in every sense, the inhuman aesthetics of death.
Just look at Marritt, how robust and radiant she is. Who would ever choose to make oneself a slave to the death aesthetic when there are women like Marritt to emulate and admire?
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