Giving credit to Mia Freedman

Lexy just sent me the link to Mia Freedman’s piece in the Sydney Morning Herald on body image, suggesting I check out the comments. They’re pretty much all along the lines of:

Mia was the high queen of anorexia as editor of teen trash magazines and now she wants us to believe she has had some ‘road to Damascus’ like vision. If this is true then I hope she spends the rest oh her life trying to undue all the damage she caused in the past. But please save us the sanctimonious lectures.
incredulous – October 28, 2009, 8:52AM

Does is strike anyone else as grossly hypocritical that a woman who made her name out of being editor of three publications based entirely on making young girls feel inferior about their looks and bodies, should end up chairing a national body image advisory group?
Bit like a cannibal advising on healthy cooking and eating, isn’t it?
Sam – October 28, 2009, 9:04AM

I agree that Mia Freedman deserves some criticism for her past role as editor, but to simply dismiss what she now has to say means we’re not going to get anywhere. She has more power now, and we’re all a bit wiser. Besides, don’t we – as a society – believe in the power of redemption? Otherwise why do we let people out of jail? Why do we accept apologies and forgive people? And believe that opinions can change over time?

Check out the recommendations from the national body image advisory group on Mia’s website.

What do we think? Will it work? Or will we just have a week or two where it gets publicity and then it’s business as usual? Will models in magazines and ads continue to look like those in Vogue, or start to look more like those in Women’s Health?

Update: You should read what A shiny new coin has to say about how a “thin, white, wealthy woman who makes a living from her body meeting social standards might not be the best way to raise awareness on diverse body shapes”.

2 responses to “Giving credit to Mia Freedman

  1. did you see a related article in the Herald abot how a launch for apolgising to people put into orphanages last century was eclipsed by Mia and Sarah’s launch.

    http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/sorry-minister-beauty-trumps-20091027-hj1y.html

    as i said in my email – I’m not convinced of her genuineness (is that a word?). I think its her latest fashion fad! curves are the new black, don’t they try this every 18months.

    I am prepared to eat my words (with a light rye bread and grilled chicken, no skin, no mayo) if there is any longevity in her campaign and her role in it.

    But I also think if good effects come out of disingenous motives its still a win!

    • newswithnipples

      Perhaps, but there seems to be more support for it this time. Airbrushing has gotten waaaay out of hand – models and celebrities don’t even have skin anymore, just some weird flat pore-free surface – and I think people are becoming more aware of all the crap done to images. I don’t think we’ll be seeing fat people in magazines, or indigenous people (unless they’re pretty by white standards), or normal-looking people, or people with disabilities, or even women with short hair (unless they’re Agnyess Deyn), but we might see less airbrushing. And that’s a good start. Baby steps, Lexy, baby steps.

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