You know when I first started this blog it was genuinely to try and chart my progress to entering a StrongWoman competition. It wasn’t suppose to be particularly interesting, or relevant to other people, just a place to see if I was lifting heavier and feeling healthier (I am).
As the months go by I find myself more and more going JESUS CHRIST over an article in a newspaper and having to come on here to vent. This mornings particular doozy is by a woman name Samantha Brick who apparently thinks “Joan Collins is right. Any woman who wants to stay beautiful (like me!) needs to diet every day of her life” If you want to read more it’s here, I hate to send traffic to the Daily Mail but http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2310797/Samantha-Brick-Joan-Collins-right-Any-woman-wants-stay-beautiful-needs-diet-day.html#ixzz2QthgLBti
The counter argument is don’t read it. It’s written to drive traffic to the Daily Mail website. They want people to be outraged. And the counter argument has a point. But I don’t think the point is good enough not to rail against the message because young women/girls DO read it and it’s just a little bit more of the world telling them unless they are slim (not healthy, not happy, SLIM) then what’s the point. The problem with ignoring it is I’m 37 and can ignore the content. However young girls read this shit and they believe it. They think they need to eat 1000 calories a day. They think unless they are thin they will not be worthy of respect or love. I might be (mildly) mollified if there was a mention of exercise (however if there was it would be probably an hour of cardio a day) but it is all low calories, deprivation, keeping a man, self respect and love based on your waist size. And no kitchen in your house. For the love of god give me strength.
No mention of that fact that because of her extreme deprivation of calories in the past she might have fucked up her metabolic rate so much that her body only needs reduced calories now and thus she is now on a perpetual diet just to maintain her weight.
Maybe she does suffer from an eating disorder or have other problems, maybe we should give her a break but what she writes is poison and she needs to be challenged on it.
‘any self respecting woman wants to be thin’
No, they don’t. Any self respecting woman wouldn’t write this shit. They would know they are loved for who they are. They would know they are worthy of a love that wouldn’t walk out the door if they put on the pounds. They would know that being healthy and happy and being able to smile when accepting a box of chocolates is more important than being thin.
They would know self-respect means loving yourself.