When did body policing become confused with body positivity? Seriously, I am so sick of this picture. The Marilyn and Bettie Page body types are in no way representative of everyday women - they were also living in a society with impossible beauty ideals, even if those ideals were slightly different than those of today. Notice they are all white, cisgender, and relatively thin. Notice that the perfect “hourglass shape” is just as rare and unattainable to most of us as the super-slender shape idealized today. Notice that the photos on top are all paparazzi shots and the ones on the bottom are posed glamour shots.
These “hot” women were NOT free from sexual objectification, depression, or damaging media attention. this article reminds us that Bettie Page was raped, exploited, and suffered from mental illness, and Marilyn Monroe committed suicide after years of depression. As for the assumption that today’s stars suffer from eating disorders - how is criticizing their “hotness” going to help? Fat positive bloggers have been saying it for years - shame does not inspire people to take better care of themselves. As long as women’s worth is determined by “hotness” - whether in the eyes of men, the media, or disgruntled facebook users - we remain disempowered.
This post was written by nettlefae!
this image has been doing the rounds on my dash more frequently recently and I’d like for everyone who’s been posting it to take a moment to read the caption and understand that skinny bashing is just as detrimental and damaging as fatphobia.
YES YES YES.
“An anonymous coworker—to this day, I don’t know who—had left a pencil-written note on a torn piece of paper with some numbers on it. It showed how much more my male coworkers were making, even though they had less education, training and experience.
I’d been at Goodyear almost 20 years, and was still making 20 percent less than the lowest-paid male supervisor in my same position. I’d been praised and promoted by my bosses, but rewarded with much smaller raises than my male coworkers got.
It hit me in the gut like a ton of bricks. I immediately thought of the countless overtime hours that I worked every chance I could, and realized I was paid for them based on an unfair salary. All those good days of work hadn’t earned me the good day’s pay I deserved.
It was about fairness, and it was against the law.”
—Lilly Ledbetter writing in the Charlotte Observer today. Three years ago, President Obama made a fair pay act that bears her name the first bill he signed into law as president.