Posted by HSG on June 05, 2005 at 21:37:31:
In Reply to: Re: Why men love women with curves posted by Jessica on June 05, 2005 at 16:50:21:
For size celebration to flourish, more mass-media testimonials such as this are absolutely necessary. It is regrettable that, as the writer points out, some men are too self-conscious to acknowledge their preference for curvaceous women (especially in their high-school years). But if more voices such as this aren't heard, then the 2% of men who are the Richard Simmons types (to use the writer's euphemism) end up doing all of the talking, and the myth that androgynous waifs are some kind of beauty standard is kept in place.
The point has been made here before, but bears repeating, that just as the media urgently needs favourable depictions of full-figured women--individuals who are gorgeous, chic, and well aware of their own allure--so does it need positive portrayals of men who are attracted to plus-size beauty.
The significance of films such as Real Women Have Curves, A Cinderella Story, and the Bridget Jones adaptations is largely due to the fact that they feature intelligent, well-adjusted, and conventionally decent male characters who are completely infatuated with the films' female leads, expressly because these women are generously proportioned.
The "Prince Charming" of A Cinderella Story heaps disdain on the diet/exercise-obsessed girls in the movie, and the very first get-to-know-you question that he puts to Hilary Duff's character is whether she prefers a Big Mac, or a diet dish. And when she answers "Big Mac," he acknowledges that this was precisely the answer that he was looking for, and admits that he appreciates a girl with a "hearty appetite".
And Colm Firth's Mark Darcy, in the Bridget Jones sequel, tells the self-conscious heroine of the film that it is precisely the softness of her figure that he finds irresistible (although in saying so, he picks up on a self-deprecatory term from Jones that is not quite as elegant as one might wish).
In a nutshell, what is required are full-figured female characters who look and behave like Classical goddesses, and men who acknowledge them as such, and worship them accordingly. When the public is exposed to the dynamic of such relationships, the myth of waif appeal will vanish, and the timeless reverence for plus-size beauty will return.
Barbara Brickner being adored by an infatuated male model in a Reitmans campaign, Summer 2005:
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