In keeping with the “women come in different sizes” theme, …

Comment on “All Women Should Be Size 14”, says the Daily Mail. Say what? by Jaynie.

In keeping with the “women come in different sizes” theme, I could see a law requiring magazines to use models of a range of sizes being useful. Like, they’d still be allowed to have (healthy!) Twiggy-sized models, but they’d also have to meet a Christina-Hendricks sized quota. That, as well as disclaimers about any photoshopping, would be a reasonable step, I think. Promoting a single size or shape over any others, even if it is the most “average” healthy size, is a dumb idea. And wasn’t Twiggy herself made fun of in her schooldays for being so boy-shaped? Do we want a return to teasing all of the naturally slender women?

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Mine usually last for a good week until I’ve trekked through too much mud and too many puddles to really look presentable in them. If I was less inclined to fall over and generally make a mess of myself, I’d probably keep them on longer, but being knee-high in caked on mud is…not a good look.

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I agree that there is something gross about calling another person’s body offensive. It’s her body, and I don’t know anything about her, so I can’t make a judgement about whether or not she is healthy.

I would, however, ask what kind of message the advertisers thought they were sending. Whether or not it’s actually true, many people are going to read this woman as anorexic, and would therefore more likely be put off the clothing — or take it as aspirational. There isn’t a clear statement (I could see using very very thin models in an artistic critique of standards of beauty) and there isn’t a reason they couldn’t have used a model that wouldn’t be read by most people as being too thin. (And since there is already a dearth of averagely-sized women in advertising, it isn’t like they’re catering to a neglected market). I just think it’s bad judgment on the part of the advertisers.

But banning it, like you said, is only going to give it more attention. Better, I think, to create some sort of incentive / law that gets advertisers to use a a wider range of models, so that people who are susceptible to advertising can see that a size 16 is as beautiful and desirable as a size 00, etc.

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