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Old 15th January 2006   #1
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Default ''No bones about it'' (great article)

I came across a very size-positive article in a newspaper called The Australian, which makes the point that while many women are "starving themselves because they think it makes them attractive to men," the truth is exactly the opposite.

I don't want to quote from the article, because one point that it makes is a little bit controversial; but it's also very witty - and frankly, I think the author is basically 100% right in his analysis. I strongly recommend it:,00.html

The only quibble I would make is that he could have found much better examples of a natural, womanly figure than Sandra Bullock. Other than that, the article is extremely perceptive.
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The author is a satirical rogue, but his points merit consideration.

Above all, his observation that men are attracted to women who are "happy, healthy, and feel good about themselves" is particularly worth remembering, and helps explain what the early Mode did right, and what every other "women's magazine" does wrong.

In its best days, Mode won readers' hearts not only because of its use of true plus-size models, but also because it specifically encouraged its readers to "feel good about themselves"--just as this article prescribes. Mode invited its readers to enter "The Pleasure Zone" (which was the title of one of the magazine's most popular sections), and to enjoy life to the fullest.

Consider the image below, featuring Barbara Brickner from the May 1998 issue of Mode (shot by the incomparable Michel Arnaud, Mode's greatest photographer). Seldom has the beauty of a model, an image, and the accompanying caption been in such complete harmony. The caption reads:

Take personal liberties. Give yourself permission to do everything wonderful. "I dote on myself, there is that lot of me, and all so luscious." (From Song of Myself, Walt Whitman)

What could be a more life-affirming message? Give yourself permission to relax, rather than spending life in the rat race--or in a gym prison. Give yourself permission to indulge in life's pleasures--yes, even in a decadent dessert, any time you feel so inclined, rather than torturing yourself with perpetual starvation. Give yourself permission to satisfy your desires. Give yourself permission to be feminine. Give yourself permission to be adored. Give yourself permission to be beautiful.

Mode knew exactly what it was doing when it promoted this positive message. It knew that not only would adopting this philosophy improve its readers' quality of life, but that the happiness which they exuded as a result would make them far more attractive and pleasant to be with, than their embittered, underweight rivals, who spend their lives in constant self-denial (and thereby diminish their beauty and femininity).

Give yourself permission . . . to be a goddess.

(You may click on the image to view it at a larger size.)

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I just love the sensation I get from that Barbara Brickner page. It's so tranquil and relaxed and idyllic. You feel as if the picture communicates exactly how a woman feels when she liberates herself from media pressure, and just goes from one pleasure to another in her life, never once wasting time thinking about weight or size, just enjoying everythig life has to offer. I miss Mode so much!

Speaking of Barbara, she has a new campaign out at C.J. Banks. It's not as magical as the winter series, which was one of Barbara's greatest ever, but it's still really beautiful. Check it out:
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