The real body issue is not feminist

Clem Bastow from The Dawn Chorus has a great piece at smh.com.au today on Bianca Dye’s attack on Jennifer Hawkins: Dye v Hawkins: a fatuous argument over slim women. Shame it wasn’t in the paper too.

Here’s a bit of it:

In the majority of cases, ”real” is code for ”average” or ”normal”, but perhaps more insidiously, ”anything but skinny”. As Dye’s response has demonstrated, women who – whether by luck or long hours in the gym – more closely resemble media ideals of beauty are not considered ”real”. Slim women such as Hawkins are not allowed to be positive body image role models because their bodies don’t look like most women’s. Do you have a headache yet?

Then later:

Bianca Dye is as real as Jennifer Hawkins, who is in turn as real as Magda Szubanski, Fiona Wood, Jenna Jameson, Michelle Obama, your mother, my sister, and the woman who runs the local milk bar. By now, everyone should realise that the only people out there who aren’t ”real women” are men.

It’s a shame the quality of the comments doesn’t do her piece justice.

This whole idea of skinny models not being “real” woman is highly offensive. Plus, I suspect they are being used as scapegoats by magazine editors who, rather than saying “sorry we’ve been photoshopping images for years so you feel shit about yourselves and buy anti-ageing/anti-cellulite creams that don’t work, so the makers of these creams keep advertising in our magazine”, they’re saying “it’s all the skinny models’ fault”.

3 responses to “The real body issue is not feminist

  1. Oh god, of course the comments became about fat shaming. “THINK OF YOUR HEALTH, FATTIES! IT’S NOT NORMAL!” Ta.

    Clem is right on the money. My god, you don’t advocate healthy body image by insulting someone else’s body.

  2. By now, everyone should realise that the only people out there who aren’t ”real women” are men.

    Unfortunately many people can’t even figure this much out.

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