On the operating table, I was prepped for the procedure by a female nurse and a male doctor. When the nurse lifted the hospital gown above my abdomen, she exclaimed, “Look at that pretty flat stomach!”
I processed this statement for a moment. A medical professional had complimented me on my thinness, which was so extreme as to prevent me from having life-saving surgery, while prepping me for a procedure intended to help me gain weight.
To his credit, the doctor quickly snapped, “That’s the problem!” but her message couldn’t have been clearer.
We live in a culture that so values thinness, that values such extreme thinness, that I received a compliment about my body when I was on an operating table, when I was so ill and weighed so little that doctors feared I might not survive major surgery.— Amber Leab, guest posting at Shakesville
Some things it might not be worth your time to argue about
1. Whether a woman whose breasts look different when she is
- over a decade younger
- wearing a string bikini
- Photoshopped to hell
has had breast implants.
2. Whether draconian comment moderation is necessary even on ostensibly feminist blogs.
Said of Elle Fanning. She is not oversexed because she is ACTUALLY PREPUBESCENT.
One article, two quotes
- It’s not a secret that stars have to watch their weight […] and for “Big Love” actress Ginnifer Goodwin, the answer has been to stick to Weight Watchers…for the long haul. Goodwin reveals in the January/February 2011 issue of Health magazine that she’s been on Weight Watchers since she was 9, and in fact, she was back on it at the time of the interview.
- “And working with my amazing stylist, I’m really good at hiding things, so I’m always pretty confident. Except when I’m in a bathing suit. It doesn’t matter what my body looks like, I hate putting on bathing suits in front of other people.”
A Christmas gift for everyone who is not a Hollywood actress, and also everyone who is: