''Reflections on Body Image'' report
The U.K. government panel which, as discussed on this forum before, has been studying body image, has now published its report, and its conclusions are devastating.
Coverage appears in several British newspapers. The first includes a link to the report itself.
As the Independent newspaper article notes, the conclusions are devastating.
I find this comment interesting:
Certain groups have now co-opted "bullying" as a code word for pushing their particular agendas, but to full-figured girls, bullying actually happens, and it genuinely makes their lives horrible. Worse still that in some cases, the bullying comes from the schools and educators, as well as parents, not just peers.
The BBC report focusses on the idea of body-image lessons for youth. This is all for the good, but I'm always worried that such actions could let the fashion industry off the hook for its practices, which are the real cause of negative body image.
The BBC report also notes this interesting proposition:
Legislation such as this is always problematic, but if there are going to be laws prohibiting discrimination, then discrimination against full-figured women is the most genuine of abuses and should indeed be prohibited.
Re: ''Reflections on Body Image'' report
The above report is good as far as it goes, but it doesn't emphasize the root of the problem as much as it should -- the root of the problem being the media.
To identify the media as the culprit has almost become a cliché, but it remains just as true.
Here's a fine article that identifies some of the nasty techniques the media uses to indoctrinate the public into the worship of androgynous cadavers.
A few excerpts:
Ultimately, every media excuse to justify its use of corpse-like models is just an evasion, a lie told in order to keep their empire of emaciation in place.
For the well-being of all women, it's time to put an end to the starvation standard.
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