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Are Thin Women the Enemy?
BBC ^ | 22 March 2012 | Kate Dailey

Posted on 03/25/2012 11:16:13 AM PDT by nickcarraway

From super-skinny celebrities to models with low BMI, people are speaking out about women they perceive to be too thin. But some experts worry this behaviour makes things worse.

This week, Israel passed a law banning models from advertisements or fashion shows if they measure less than 18.5 on the body mass index (BMI). It's part of an effort to promote health for women of all sizes, and to stop glorifying the ultra-thin.

"Beautiful is not underweight," says Rachel Adato, one of the creators of the bill.

In recent years, much attention has been paid to how women are portrayed in the media, whether it's an overly airbrushed magazine model with an impossibly slim waist, or a TV starlet with protruding collar bones.

In an era when pro-anorexia communities congregate on social media sites like Pinterest, it's no wonder that lawmakers are concerned with women's body image.

For sure, reducing the number of images that portray women as very thin is beneficial, says Claire Mysko, director of Proud2BeMe, a website created with the National Eating Disorders Association (Neda) to promote healthy body image.

"There is a danger in being constantly exposed to one image of beauty," she says. "There is a serious lack of body diversity in the media. People are not seeing themselves and their bodies reflected."

Israel's law may be the catalyst needed to help make change. But others say it could make things worse.

'Arbitrary' system Many magazine editors, modelling agents and casting directors say they want to use more diverse models, but can't because of industry expectations - with each blaming the other group for setting the tone.

"They all feel trapped into producing what nobody individually espouses," says Amanda Mears, author of Pricing Beauty: The Making of a Fashion Model. "Everyone felt individually powerless."

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1 posted on 03/25/2012 11:16:16 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Media Regulation, yep!

Next Chapter: Saying SLUT lands you in prison.

Did u buy your brocolli yet, crypto FOOD TERRORIST?

Soon it will be required.


2 posted on 03/25/2012 11:19:38 AM PDT by gaijin
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To: nickcarraway
More like this would be better:
3 posted on 03/25/2012 11:25:42 AM PDT by GenXteacher (He that hath no stomach for this fight, let him depart!)
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To: nickcarraway

This is clearly a job for the government. Maybe they should regulate how much make up a woman can wear too.


4 posted on 03/25/2012 11:30:40 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: GenXteacher
She definitely has an Inbox.

Um....that didn't come out right.

5 posted on 03/25/2012 11:34:37 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: nickcarraway

I knew a woman had to write this piece.


6 posted on 03/25/2012 11:37:12 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: GenXteacher

Yup. A woman’s figure.


7 posted on 03/25/2012 11:38:06 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: GenXteacher

Mmmm....ana posmotritiyet russkaya. Ochen krasivaya!

:^)


8 posted on 03/25/2012 11:39:17 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("Deport all Muslims. Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind.")
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To: nickcarraway
For some reason -- can't quite put my finger on it -- the Lords of Fashion decided a long time ago that a "beautiful woman" is a woman who looks a lot of a "fourteen year old boy".

Why people along the lines of Calvin Klein and Yves St Laurent chose that standard utterly escapes me.

9 posted on 03/25/2012 11:45:35 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Like Emmett Till, Trayvon Martin has become simply a stick with which to beat Whites.)
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To: nickcarraway

Thin women are not the enemy, just misguided victims. The root problem are the homosexual men allowed to dictate women’s fashion, choosing starved women to represent beauty because they look like prepubescent boys.


10 posted on 03/25/2012 11:49:46 AM PDT by tbw2
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To: ClearCase_guy

I once told a woman, chasing my pay check, that I preferred my women tall and slim with the a$$ of a young boy. She moved on, I like the Classic American look, see photo above.


11 posted on 03/25/2012 11:58:14 AM PDT by Little Bill (Sorry)
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To: ClearCase_guy

I once told a woman, chasing my pay check, that I preferred my women tall and slim with the a$$ of a young boy. She moved on, I like the Classic American look, see photo above.


12 posted on 03/25/2012 11:58:30 AM PDT by Little Bill (Sorry)
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To: nickcarraway

My current gf is 5’-2” and about 98 lbs. I don’t know what that is for a BMI but she is not anorexic. Not even close. It all depends on the type of frame the person has. My girl has a very tiny skeleton and very little muscle, but a nice amount of soft curves. Her hands and feet are the size of a ten year old child. My pinky finger is literally bigger around than her thumb and that is not an exaggeration. I marvel at how little everything about her is. Even her teeth are tiny. I think my baby teeth were were bigger than her permanent teeth.


13 posted on 03/25/2012 12:09:09 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: ClearCase_guy

Um, maybe because fashion moguls are, what’s the word, it starts with “f” and rhymes with rags?


14 posted on 03/25/2012 12:29:08 PM PDT by MikeSteelBe (Austrian Hitler was, as the Halfrican Hitler does.)
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To: elcid1970; Secret Agent Man; N. Theknow; Little Bill
Here's another: Women ought to look like women, period.
15 posted on 03/25/2012 12:43:02 PM PDT by GenXteacher (He that hath no stomach for this fight, let him depart!)
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To: ClearCase_guy
The Lords of Fashion are fags. That's why they want to make women look like prepubescent boys.
16 posted on 03/25/2012 1:02:53 PM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class!)
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To: GenXteacher

She the best thing to happen to fashion since Marilyn Monroe.


17 posted on 03/25/2012 1:04:25 PM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class!)
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To: nickcarraway
Lucy is a full size-12 and is still hothothot...

18 posted on 03/25/2012 1:05:02 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode

Very warm indeed....


19 posted on 03/25/2012 1:25:48 PM PDT by GenXteacher (He that hath no stomach for this fight, let him depart!)
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To: tbw2

What nonsense. Fashion reflects acceptable body image — it doesn’t establish it.

In America, skinny women, not just fashion models, are rewarded at every level.

They make more money. They anchor news and political shows. They get elected to public office. They star in movies and TV, and not just professional actresses. You have to be painfully thin to get a slot on a cheesy reality show — witness all the “Housewives” shows.

If fat women got more social and male approval, the skinnies would fatten up before you could say “Lemme have an In ‘N Out Four-by, animal style!”

Count on it.


20 posted on 03/25/2012 1:43:35 PM PDT by Blue Ink
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To: nickcarraway
The late, great Jeff Macnelly put it quite well:

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21 posted on 03/25/2012 2:11:45 PM PDT by Notary Sojac (Mi tio esta enfermo, pero la carretera es verde!)
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To: nickcarraway
As a woman, I've always thought Catherine Zeta Jones is the epitome of beautiful:

I don't think she's a size 0. ;)

22 posted on 03/25/2012 2:21:27 PM PDT by Kaylee Frye
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To: numberonepal

This thread is trending curvy-Hottie-pingworthy.


23 posted on 03/25/2012 3:12:31 PM PDT by GenXteacher (He that hath no stomach for this fight, let him depart!)
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To: Kaylee Frye

Holy crap that looks like my sister in the background!


24 posted on 03/25/2012 4:14:30 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: Kaylee Frye

BTW, I always liked Monica Bellucci better than Catherine Zeta Jones.


25 posted on 03/25/2012 4:23:06 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: nickcarraway
I've been married for a long time now, but when I was dating I tended to lean toward women who were probably thinner than ideal. I figured that if the relationship lasted for any length of time she would fill out to something nice and curvy in a few years.

If you fall for the curvy 21 year old, chances are she's going to overshoot the mark and have weight issues most of her life. Not set in stone by any means, but aging and children tend to round a woman out a bit. I'm thinking it's better to start a little light so you can settle into perfect.

26 posted on 03/26/2012 8:35:47 AM PDT by BlueMondaySkipper (Involuntarily subsidizing the parasite class since 1981)
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To: MarineBrat; doubled; bk1000; mouser; Red in Blue PA; MilspecRob; LiveFreeOrDie2001; ...

GenXteacher says it’s worthy, it’s worthy.
Hottie Ping!
To be on or off the Hottie Ping List please FReepmail me.


27 posted on 03/27/2012 4:33:49 AM PDT by numberonepal (First they came for Sarah, then they came for Herman.....)
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To: mamelukesabre

+100000000


28 posted on 03/27/2012 4:49:40 AM PDT by wyowolf
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To: mamelukesabre
It took a while but I think this one is OK ... ;-)


29 posted on 03/27/2012 6:29:17 AM PDT by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here ;-)
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To: GenXteacher

Bet she feels exactly the way a women is suppose to feel...soft.

Dork husband of hers is a lucky bastuhd.


30 posted on 03/27/2012 8:30:50 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: GenXteacher

I’d hit that so hard I’d be speaking in tongues.

Smoking!!!


31 posted on 03/27/2012 8:36:16 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: GenXteacher
Then again, there's a reason why Christina Hendricks is rarely seen in anything that can't hide an industrial-strength girdle, and NEVER with a bare midriff.


32 posted on 03/27/2012 8:43:40 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. - George Orwell)
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To: Blue Ink
Fashion reflects acceptable body image — it doesn’t establish it.

I submit that fashion both reflects and establishes acceptable body image ... it's a positive feedback loop.

33 posted on 03/27/2012 8:45:38 AM PDT by JustSayNoToNannies (A free society's default policy: it's none of government's business.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
For some reason -- can't quite put my finger on it -- the Lords of Fashion decided a long time ago that a "beautiful woman" is a woman who looks a lot of a "fourteen year old boy".

Part of it may be because they like adolescent boys, but probably more because it's just easier to create a dress to fit on a straight cylindrical figure. Curves are complicated to cut a dress for.

On the other side, the women who complain the most about the fashion industry not designing for "women with curves" are not what I would consider curvy. Sophia Loren in her prime was curvy. Raquel Welch was curvy. Most of the complaining women are just fat.

34 posted on 03/27/2012 8:54:08 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. - George Orwell)
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To: ClearCase_guy
Why people along the lines of Calvin Klein and Yves St Laurent chose that standard utterly escapes me.

Runway models are walking clothes racks. Female curves distract from the line and style of the clothes and lead viewers to watch the models instead of the product.

Fashion shows aren't intended to make men excited or make average women feel bad about their weight. Their purpose is to sell a wholesale product to retailers. That product needs to be on a woman whose body fades into the background and displays the product to maximum advantage.

35 posted on 03/27/2012 9:01:16 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: Tunehead54

wow, where did you find that pic???

If that’s monica, she was VERY young there. I’d say 20 years old. Maybe younger.


36 posted on 03/27/2012 9:03:51 AM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: mamelukesabre
Holy crap that looks like my sister in the background!

Phone number, please?

37 posted on 03/27/2012 9:06:26 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1162 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: Vendome
I’d hit that so hard I’d be speaking in tongues.

I always suspected you were a cunning linguist...

38 posted on 03/27/2012 9:08:34 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1162 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: mamelukesabre
If you right-click on an image, at least in FireFox, you can select image location, in this case: http://www.mymonicabellucci.com/pic/20080718/monica_bellucci_-_swimsuit/monica_bellucci_swimsuit_20080718_03.jpg

To find the the pic, I went to Bing, plugged in Monica Belluci and after searching selected "Images" from the bar up top left. Lots more there - just be careful because some would be considered NSFW. ;-) Once in images you can filter by image size to cut down on thumbnails ... Have fun! ;-) BTW, recommend you don't click through any pics with Eastern European extensions like .ru, .cz, etc. unless all your anti-virus stuff is solid and up to date ...

39 posted on 03/27/2012 9:37:15 AM PDT by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here ;-)
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To: null and void

ha!

she’s married, lives in Kalifornia, and is turning quite liberal these past years.


40 posted on 03/27/2012 10:16:02 AM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: null and void

I wuz going to try to work that in. LOL

Did I just say that? Oops.


41 posted on 03/27/2012 10:18:25 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: mamelukesabre

I’m in California...


42 posted on 03/27/2012 10:22:42 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1162 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: PapaBear3625

I’m good with that. Real women have curves.


43 posted on 03/27/2012 3:51:24 PM PDT by GenXteacher (He that hath no stomach for this fight, let him depart!)
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To: PapaBear3625
Raquel Welch: Sophia Loren:
44 posted on 03/27/2012 3:56:50 PM PDT by GenXteacher (He that hath no stomach for this fight, let him depart!)
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To: ClearCase_guy

LOL! And much has been written on this topic, indeed. That gay male designers would advance as their sexual prototype a woman who is, in reality, a boy is no secret. It’s pretty disgusting. Men have been metrosexualized to death and the standard of beauty for women has been to make them look more and more angular...ala men.


45 posted on 03/27/2012 4:02:32 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: Mears

bfl


46 posted on 03/27/2012 4:05:36 PM PDT by Mears (Alcohol. Tobacco. Firearms. What's not to like?)
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To: mamelukesabre

As a petite woman myself, I can understand what you mean, but the way you said it is really, really creepy.


47 posted on 03/27/2012 4:08:06 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: Paved Paradise

If you say so.


48 posted on 03/27/2012 4:14:15 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: Vendome

49 posted on 03/27/2012 4:16:12 PM PDT by GenXteacher (He that hath no stomach for this fight, let him depart!)
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To: GenXteacher

Gotta agree with you there mate! Raquel is so perfect that she should be in The National Bureau of Standards for calibration purposes.


50 posted on 03/28/2012 9:40:45 PM PDT by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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