Consider the source
We initially deemed out recent thread about the TV series The Romantic Spirit an "off-topic" post. However, it now occurs to us that the theme is actually quite germane to the subject of this forum. Romanticism constitutes a bold rejection of cultural hegemony, a defiance of the corrupt powers-that-be, and an uncompromising adherence to truth and honour. If there were more Romantics in the fashion industry, plus-size beauty would be in a better position than it is today.
The founding work of the Romantic movement was Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's drama Götz von Berlichingen (1773). This play chronicles the life of a famous nobleman of the Middle Ages, one of the last Free Knights of Germany, an indomitable hero who defied the corrupt and tyrannical forces that established a stranglehold on central Europe in the 16th century.
There speaks the voice of Romanticism. In his line, "It is an honour for both of you to be betrayed by him," Sickingen delivers a message that is as timely for us today as it was in Goethe's era.
Because Weislingen is a corrupt swine, anything that he hates must, by definition, be noble, and anything that he admires must be contemptible.
As a noble soul, Berlichingen should take pride in the fact that such a villain is his enemy. By contrast, if the debased Weislingen approved of Götz, it would actually be a black mark on Berlichingen's name, given Weislingen's baseness.
In effect, what Sickingen is saying is, "Consider the source." An insult from a bad man is a badge of honour. Antagonism coming from a contemptible individual is a blessing, not a curse, while praise from such a source would actually be degrading.
The above scenario helpfully illuminates the current relationship of plus-size beauty to the thin-supremacist fashion establishment, and particularly to the cabal of weight-bigoted fashion writers who prop up the industry's curve-o-phobic status quo.
Re: Consider the source
Quoted for truth. The unmitigated gall of any apologist for the minus-size fashion industry trying to fly the "health" flag would be laughable if it weren't so obscene.
Straight-size models have died -- literally died -- due to starving themselves into the fashion world's inhuman sample size, and the thin supremacists who push this look are suddenly talking about "health"? The hypocrisy is sickening.
If anyone in the fashion establishment had any actual concern about "health," they'd make sure that every government in the world banned all current straight-size models, because they're all underweight, every last one of them, and they all display a malnourished body type that triggers eating disorders.
I refuse to believe that anyone could be so stupid as to believe that these waif-worshippers actually care a whit about "health." If they did, the fashion world wouldn't be a pro-anorexia industry, which it is. They're just slickly using this as a propaganda tool to try to keep the anorexic monopoly in place.
And that's what's so offensive about the whole situation -- that these curve-o-phobes have so completely brainwashed the media that a literally emaciated appearance -- the very opposite of actual health -- has been falsely passed off as the semblance of heath.
It would be like making the look of a tuberculosis patient or a cancer victim the benchmark of what people consider a "healthy" look! It's madness.
Re: Consider the source
Here's a vignette that puts the whole Australia debacle into perspective.
Predictably, it's a mixed-message article, but here's the pertinent point:
The fashion establishment mandates an emaciated look that puts the lives of its models at risk, and it has the gall to talk about "health"? It's beyond repugnant; it's actually criminal, because it brainwashes women into trading a genuinely healthy, full-figured, natural state, at a size 18, for a life-threatening minus size.
Re: Consider the source
I love the premise of this article. The hostility of beauty's enemies to full-figured femininity is as great a tribute to its merit as is the approval of beauty's allies. I wholeheartedly concur.
Regrettably, this is true. In fact, the presence of faux-plus models might even unintentionally undermine the benefits of featuring true plus-size models. How? Because when the anti-plus bigots see a plus-size fashion show where thin, faux-plus models walk alongside genuinely full-figured models, those anti-plus propagandists can glom onto the faux-plus girls and use them as a stick to beat the actual plus-size models. They can create a binary where they deem the non-plus-looking faux-plus models the "good" models (as anyone who hates plus-size beauty typically would), and call the actually full-figured goddesses the "wrong" kind of models.
In this way, the faux-plus models become a tool of the establishment, one that is used to keep the skinny ideal in place, to maintain the pernicious myth that thinner=better, and to undermine and delegitimize the visibly full-figured models who really are a challenge to the status quo.
That's why shows like FFFWeek and FWPS have it right. Instead of mixing faux-plus models with plus-size models, they maintain a rule whereby the models all have to be above a size 14 at least. Then there are no size comparisons that the media can rig against the curvier girls, because all of models in the show are visibly full-figured goddesses.
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