The bellejar blog inspired me to write my own blog. Here’s one of her recent posts that I wanted to share… Read it through, it’s very compelling. I’ve always been disheartened when people shame someone who *appears* to have an eating disorder because if they do suffer from a disorder, why would we insult them for having a disorder, particularly a disorder that correlates strongly with a trauma history??? Seriously!
You’ve probably heard that Marilyn Monroe was a size 14.
Or a size 16, or a size 12, or a size 10, depending on who you ask.
Whatever number someone quotes you, the message is always the same: our standards of beauty have changed, and not for the better. The women whose bodies we worship now are thin and sickly, all of them suffering from eating disorders. Things aren’t how they were before, when we appreciated “real,” “normal,” “average” bodies. Our current standards of beauty should serve as evidence of how deeply fucked up our society is; we ought to return to our parents’ and grandparents’ ideals.
This whole concept is so popular that there have been a string of memes made about it:
You know what makes me say fuck society? The fact that we think it’s totally cool to compare two women and declare one of them the…
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