''Ditching Dieting'' Protest
Finally! If there was ever a worthwhile protest, this was it: a group of women taking the poisonous publications of the diet-starvation and exercise torture industries and throwing them in a rubbish bin marked "toxic material":
The background? As reported in The Guardian last week, a number of body-image groups in the U.K. organized the above protest against the starvation-torture industry last Monday:
Applause. The Judgment of Paris has long termed the effects of the diet industry to be "toxic," and this group is brilliant in having (validly) played off of that premise in a literal way.
Here's the Web site of the group that organized the protest:
It features a memorable banner,
as well as an effective write-up of the group's premises:
Every word is true. I particularly admire the emphasis on the fact that the fictional weight "epidemic" is a hoax, which (like so many hoaxes that govern modern thought) was constructed for money-grubbing purposes, heedless of how it ruins women's lives.
Here are a couple more images from the event, found on Google Images. It seems to have been remarkably well attended:
Apparently, the group took their protest right to the doors of the Palace of Westminster, seat of the British Parliament.
I find the slogan on the placard at the left, "Occupy Your Body," to be especially clever, both as a take-off on "occupy" movements and as a reminder of how personal this issue is, for all full-figured women and for the men who love them. The idea is that women's bodies have been occupied by the agenda of pernicious industries, so it's time for women to take back ownership of their bodies from these hostile foreign elements, which, as the mission statement puts it so well, "are making our bodies their business."
I wish all women would realize that every publication ever created which tells them that they should diminish themselves, and provides a how-to guide for inflicting such self-torture -- i.e., every diet-starvation book ever published -- is indeed toxic. As such, it should be disposed of immediately.
And furthermore, like all toxic materials, starvation-torture publications (i.e., "diet guides") should be banned outright as public health hazards -- which is exactly what they are.
The entire diet industry is a blight on society, and it's way past time for it to be stopped.
Re: ''Ditching Dieting'' Protest
The Washington Post also ran an article about the event.
It suffers from a share of mixed messages, but the general thrust of the piece is affirmative:
What I found most interesting in the article is the following quotation, from one of the event's organizers:
This is remarkably in line with the themes of the Judgment of Paris, which has consistently linked the androgynous emaciation pushed by the fashion industry and the body-diminishment mantra of the the starvation-torture industry together as toxic expressions of modernity, which has as its goal undermining the cultural heritage of the West and eradicating tradition in general. Not all body-image organizations have recognized this link -- indeed, many themselves buy into modern ideologies -- so Orbach's comments are most welcome.
Once we recognize modernity as an alien development, an invasive cancer, one which first blighted the West and suppressed its cultural traditions (such as the Classical ideal of full-figured beauty), then piggybacked, like a virus, on Western media to infect other nations, destroying their cultural traditions of full-figured beauty, we realize that modernity itself, and the rootless, alien politico-social agenda behind it, is the true evil that is facilitating these harmful assaults the healthy ideals of yore.
Hopefully, this will prompt the public to realize that the values and traditions of the past, which the ideologies of modernity (cultural Marxism, feminism, etc.) have so relentlessly assaulted, were in fact the noble building blocks of healthy, harmonious societies. Then people may finally start taking the part of heritage against modernity, and recognize the need to restore the much-maligned ideals which underpinned social thought until a half-century ago, in order to free the modern world of toxins such as the diet industry, and restore the well-being of the culture in which we live.
With that in mind, I found this image of the protestors below a Westminster lion -- the lion being the traditional symbol of Britain -- to be especially powerful:
It's as if this protest is a battle being waged by the indigenous population of Britain to rid itself of the hostile, alien elements of modernity, as expressed by the diet industry, and to restore its own native, traditional appreciation of full-figured beauty.
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