As you have probably worked out, I have a vested interest in issues of "self-esteem",
especially as they relate to women and children. But in recent times, men too!
In society today, discrimination based on looks even though it is not legal to do
so, is sadly permitted. Particularly by the media, and to a lesser extent most other
How many women's magazines, both nationally and internationally, show women
of a "certain age" (and by this I mean from 35 to 80) in glowing terms; in
advertisements including fashion supplements? For that matter how many
of these magazines show women of size in a positive or highly acceptable way?
A favourite saying of mine is that women's magazines are supposedly published
for ALL women - not just young women, not just slim women, not just
"celebrity" women. ALL women. Women of all ages, and all shapes and
sizes. But will the editors, features editors and women's pages editors
listen to common sense? Unfortunately they are the victims of highly
questionable attitudes and ethics of their employers - so many of these
editors have been literally "sacked" for having the audacity to show healthy
women of around size 16 on the covers of these magazines. When questioned
the spokespersons of these magazines have claimed their readers would be
upset at seeing "fat" women within the pages of the magazines. This is
downright ridiculous and should not be accepted.
You only have to look around your own shopping mall; take a look at your
own family members and you'll see women of all ages and sizes and
shapes. Do you see them as being "unacceptable" when compared to you?
And why would you compare? Because each of us is unique - we are
incomparable. We are one-offs; and no one can copy us. They may try to,
but they won't succeed.
There is enough negativeness in our society already without allowing
for inappropriate and unkind attitudes to take form and become
"normal" as far as being different to each other, as far as looks are
We're all different, but it is the difference each of us possesses,
that makes us similar.
It's "inappropriate attitudes" that should not be accepted,
not our age or size or shape!