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Who is back to their shaming A game with Wasting Away!, New fears emerge as too-thin stars keep losing weight. Melanie Griffith – Suddenly Frail. Rachel Zoe – Back To Bones. Angelina Jolie ‘she’s starving‘. The story also features Aussie soap actress Jodi Gordon, and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Taylor Armstrong. The assertion that Ms. Jolie is starving is not new, and is just as damaging now as it was weeks ago. Instead of critiquing this, I am going to offer this excerpt from Are Thin Women the Enemy? Because I really think that it sums up everything I want to say with wonderful eloquence.
“We have reduced women to their size,” says Dr Maine, author of The Body Myth.”By targeting women who are thin, whether they have an eating disorder or are naturally thin, we are focusing on the individual instead of challenging the culture that buys into it.”
Thin women may have an easier go of it than fat women, but they’re still subject to attacks about their size… Angelina Jolie’s Oscar appearance last month set Twitter alight with criticisms of her thin frame. “Angelina Jolie looks like her arms are ready to snap in half at any moment. Gross,” wrote one user.
Speaking out against very thin star celebrities can feel like a satisfying blow against unrealistic body standards, says Raegan Chastain. As an advocate for fat acceptance she has often heard people criticise women for being too thin. Still, she warns those trying to come to terms with their own size to leave other people out of it. “If you want to push against standards, you don’t do that by bashing people,” she says.
“You can’t look at someone and tell how healthy they are. Weight and health are two separate things.”
I couldn’t have said it better myself. What may be even worse (though not surprising) is that Who is running this story with a cover which features one heavily pregnant celebrity (Jessica Simpson), and another celebrity (Reese Witherspoon) who is currently under a Bump watch. As Melanie Klein states over at Adios Barbie “the tabloids ridiculous and utterly disturbing obsession with the celebrity baby-bump … is just another way to make a woman feel fat.” Sarah Menkedick adds
“the “bump watch” illustrates society’s sick fascination with observing, critiquing, and placing demands and ultimatums on women’s bodies. The bump is singled out because it departs from the expected standard of straight up-and-down thinness, and while it’s celebrated until a woman’s due date, it’s expected to be gone soon thereafter, or the woman will become the object of ridicule. This fetishisation of baby bumps is complimentary to the fetishisation of women’s bodies and their thinness, but more dangerous because it turns a baby, a pregnancy, into another body image focus and concern”.