Being a lady can be awful tough sometimes, what with the ceaseless glut of media insisting we should be unhappy with our bodies, in order that we buy all kinds of new products to fix our problems, be it makeup, diet books, pricey shampoo, hair removers, gym memberships, crystal implants for our vaginas, etc. Women, especially women who aren’t conventionally attractive, are frequently told they’re not good enough and they should try to change.
But our hackles also raise whenever people disparage thin woman for not feeling burdened by these pressures, too. Thin women are frequently regarded as not “real,” not sexy or not womanly for the same reasons. Sure, thinness is the prevailing beauty standard of the day and, certainly, thin women have their body types reinforced as beautiful far more frequently than the average, the athletic or the fat… but no one woman escapes from the idea that her body isn’t right. For one example.
Which is why we’d like to ask of Britton Delizia, a Las Vegas woman who recently started a Kickstarter to celebrate thin and fit women: what the fuck planet are you living on?
Let us begin with her moving lead, a quotation from “Anonymous”/her Moleskin of verse poems:
“In this era we have moved to a point where we have become so politically correct that suddenly it is not only perfectly okay , and acceptable in common situation , but encouraged and beat into our children’s heads from birth to judge, bash, and condemn anyone who is of a more statuesque build than you, or fits more ideally inside of the model of the golden ratio.”
Delizia, you see, has proposed making a “Collection of images of women standing up against a society that protects fat culture while bastardizing thin and athletic women.” Whether that collection means a “book” or a “Lisa Frank trapper keeper stuffed with magazine clippings,” we don’t know yet.
Here, let’s let her explain:
Its undeniable that when we stand a skinny, athletic or even average sized female next to a larger (even if less healthy, overweight or obese) female, that unless we live outside of this stigma, we as Americans will assume that the heavier person is funnier, smarter, nicer, and less sexually promiscuous, all because she is not as thin or physically fit than the girl next to her.
Wait, what? Fat people are automatically assumed to be smarter and funnier than thin people? Since when are positive attributes ascribed to the overweight at a disadvantage to the conventionally attractive? This doesn’t really happen, or at least not near enough to get all aggro about it and make a revenge book.
Maybe we’re getting ahead of ourselves:
Why should a woman have to apologize for wanting to be fit?
Why should a woman have to apologize because she likes to run? or eat healthy? or just has the metabolism that is geared to keep weight at bay?
So is she doing this for vanity?
…No, that’s backwards thinking! That’s the kind of thinking that privileges fat women over thin and fit women! She is doing this for the opposite of vanity:
I think this book will probably upset a few people, i think it will be looked at wrong by some people..
But.. if it just makes it into the hands of ONE little girl who feels like she has to be overweight to fit in with the current 70% of the overweight population of America, and it gives her the strength to know that being healthy isnt a bad thing.
Then this whole project is worth all the time and effort i can possibly afford to put into it.