Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Too fat! Too skinny! How can we please the impossible demands?

We've touched upon quite a few subjects that drew sighs of astonishment over the years.   And of course it would be natural, and "comfortable" if we pretended that things aren't as bad as they seem, for plus-size women.   We're still "fighting" the fashion and media industries, but every now and then someone stands up for what they believe in, themselves, and shows the world how attitudes could and should change.

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I refer to Nancy Hayssen, 33, Plus Size Model and Author of Sexy at Any Size! as an example.   Nancy sent a message back in 2007 of empowering women to look and feel sexy no matter weight or size – despite Hollywood’s impossible ideals of beauty.  I think this bears repeating.

Nancy is now speaking out about the root of the problem…the three Hollywood lies we’ve been told that destroy the way women feel about themselves:

1. No matter how much you weigh, you’re still too fat
2. No matter how skinny you are, you’ll never be skinny enough
3. No matter what you look like, you’ll never be good enough


Controversial?  Yes.  But as with many things relative to size, we need to take a long hard look at society and indeed how we see the world around us, and the people of different colours, shapes and sizes who make up that world.

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