Laurie and Debbie say:
The inimitable Twisty Faster has a perfect post on dieting and feminism. Here are two snippets:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“[Self-identified feminist and dieter Ariel] Stallings asks the age-old question Ã¢â‚¬Å“Is dieting anti-feminist?Ã¢â‚¬Â. Such questions cause a tear of blue funk to spring to the eye, for of course dieting isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t anti-feminist, patriarchy is.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Yet I press on, past even the womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s mag-ish, pathos-evoking lament about having had to Ã¢â‚¬Å“sacrificeÃ¢â‚¬Â a beloved pair of pants to her new figure (a pity that God hadnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t the decency to intervene on the unfortunate pantsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ behalf, the way he did for Abraham and Isaac; a woman shouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have to sacrifice innocent legwear to prove her love for either herself or, as the case may be, her patriarchy).Ã¢â‚¬Â
Trust us, you want to read the whole thing.
This is exactly the kind of topic we’d love to discuss next Tuesday on BlogTalkRadio. Remember, we’ll be on at 6pm Pacific Standard Time. You can get there from the link in this paragraph, or from the button near the top of the right-hand column of this page. Call in and let’s discuss whatever body image issues are on your mind.
Thanks to Badgerbag for the pointer.