For some, weight truly is the torture that never ends. On Planet Woman, even today, weight loss is still mainly cast as the life-giving sun, while weight gain is the foreboding death star that will kill your dreams. For some, it gets properly serious. The plus-size people who are made to feel grotesque on a daily basis. The anorexics whose deadly mental health condition is undermined and underfunded. The questions – the rage – around weight, diets and body image never stop. Why is a thin woman preferable to a fat one? Why is smaller better than bigger? Then you get Adele, a celebrity who decided to lose a shedload of weight, and there’s another pressing feminist question: whose business is it really?
The actual feminist question is who is it doing all the talking?
It not being the men:
Men Puzzled By Debate Over Bouncy Girls
23rd March 2010
MEN across Britain continue to be puzzled by the debate over the pros and cons of bouncy girls, it emerged last night.
Martin Bishop, a remarkably ordinary human from Doncaster, said: “The girl with the hips, the magnificent knockers and the warm, happy face… or the arrogant, sulky angle-poise lamp who spends half her life in the bog?
“I’ll be honest, I don’t listen to women all that much but from what I can gather the debate is, essentially, about attractiveness and therefore it is reasonable to assume that I, as a man, am the one who is supposed to be attracted.
“We keep saying it until we are blue in the face – for the love of god, please gain some weight because we do not want to have sex with someone who looks like a 12 year-old boy.”
Ahhhh, yes, that’s right, it’s the wimmins doing the faffing over weight, isn’t it?
We can even draw into evidence that economists’ favourite, revealed preferences. Look at what people do, not what they say. Fat birds all over the country have children, as any potter into public spaces shows. Fat birds must, therefore, be getting porked as that’s what causes children. And if fat birds are getting porked by those capable of getting them pregnant then it can’t be the men rejecting fat birds, can it?