Friday, March 30, 2012

New York Times: Hunger Games Star Too Fat

Really, the movie critic for the New York Times actually wrote that the star of the Hunger Games is too fat. Now I have not seen the movie, but from what I can tell on television and publicity photos Jennifer Lawrence looks gorgeous. She looks like a real woman. She has breasts, hips and that oh so demonized hint of baby-fat. They even wrote that at 21 she was too old to play the lead.

And we wonder why there is an epidemic of eating disorders in this country....

Listen I am not the parent of a teenage girl. I can't imagine the pressure on them in today's day and age. It was hard enough when I was growing up, but atleast our role models were Christie Brinkley and the athletic look. LOOK HERE  It was good to have muscles, be strong, self-empowered and self-reliant.

Somehow women's roles have now devolved into this waif thin damsel in distress persona. What the heck is that all about? Everyone derides conservatives for their view on women, did anyone ever deride Hollywood and the music industry for their misogyny and disrespect towards women? Other than invoking freedom of speech they wouldn't even have one leg to stand on...In fact if it happened to be an actress trying to stand on one leg they wouldn't have the strength to stand for very long. It takes food to have any kind of energy whatsoever.

Hunger Games is all about female empowerment. For some reason this bothers so many. In fact one reviewer even warned women that they were not to be taken in by the empowerment angle. Excuse me? We are not to think of this as a good film simply because it teaches our daughters that they can be self-sufficient, self-reliant, self-empowering human beings. Wonder when was the last time a movie with a male hero warned viewers to not be taken in by the male empowerment message of the movie? (Actually got that criticism from Kristen Powers...token (but still blonde) liberal on Fox News.)

Anyway you decide for yourselves whether you think that Jennifer Lawrence is too fat, just right or quite frankly could even use a few pounds. Better yet, its time to make sure that WE not Hollywood, music or the fashion industry dictate what beauty and womanhood are all about. Especially when we try to teach our daughters to respect themselves.

What ever happened to being healthy? Thought that was the message that we were supposed to give our children. Eating right, exercising and retaining a good weight so that you can think, reason and function in life. That is the only way to be the master of your own future.

By the way as an interesting aside..The Israeli government just passed a law making it illegal for models under a certain BMI to work in their fashion industry. They decided to do this after some designers worldwide said that they would not follow the recommendations of their Guilds as to model health. And yes, the Israeli fashion industry is one of the quickest growing fashion hot spots in the world.

Finally someone has had enough with women who starve themselves to death in order to please some misogynistic "first world view."  Something also tells me in that in the Horn of Africa, where they are starving to death due to government induced famine, bone-thin is not all the rage.






You really don't get sexier than Marilyn Monroe in a bathingsuit.






Fat-shaming, Body Image and a Culture of Dehumanization


Until next time,




Elise

P.S. And yes boys need a healthy body image too. Too many times you see muscle bound cretins extolling the virtues of endless exercise and dieting. Truth be told, you can't develop those type of muscles without the use of steroids. make sure that your sons also know the dangers of steroid use and give them the strength to say no to harmful supplements ...Help them accept their bodies in a normal natural healthy state too.