The worst thing that can happen to an attractive woman is not a car accident or getting fired or even losing a loved one — it’s getting fat. At least that’s what the team behind the beloved cartoon Scooby-Doo seems to think. In the new Scooby-Doo…
What the??? Seriously? Sure, let’s teach kids that being a size 8 is a curse, THEN let’s portray a size 8 as visually 4x the size of the other characters so children are sure that being a size 8 is something horribly extreme.
According to the Huffington Post article Warner Brothers has actually spoken up about it - they defend their choice by saying that each of the characters is cursed to lose the thing that is most important to them, and that for Daphne it’s her looks saying: “Daphne loses her good looks (mainly her figure and her hair).” -so why didn’t she lose some of her hair and get covered in pox, or become hairy and wrinkly, or grow scales… or any of a huge number of other things that would have compromised her looks? Instead they have made the specific choice to equate larger size with unattractive.
And that’s the key here Warner Brothers, what you’ve chosen to do doesn’t teach children that “looks don’t matter”, it actively reinforces the fat-shaming that is already so embedded in our culture that record numbers of young women and men are developing eating disorders.
Oh, and by the way Warner Brothers, you’re wrong, larger size women can be and often are beautiful.
Only 5 percent of women have the type of body we see on billboards and in TV commercials. The “Expose” project wants you to see the remaining 95 percent. (Some images below may be considered NSFW.) Blogger and activist Jes Bak…
This is an amazing project - I’d love to see more like this!
My niece asked for a coloring sheet featuring a big beautiful woman, and… “Light Bulb!” The Body…
What a beautiful idea this is - there’s an opportunity to help fund it too!
A film that explores a woman’s journey up through the ranks of dance competitions to make it as a…
I really hope this happens - I have a huge amount of respect for Ragen and I would totally go see this.
JCPenney has become the latest retailer to use mannequins that are more like real people. But instead of just using ones that are average or plus-size instead of model skinny, JCPenney’s
Congratulations JC Penny - this looks to be a phenomenal step in the right direction.
Naked, I stood at the closet doors with the lights on and made myself ready. I took a deep breath and positioned the mirrors so I could see all of me. I consciously worked to remove my self-believed inner image. I opened my eyes and looked very caref…
THIS. THIS THIS THIS.
Out of 1,500 vendors only 35 even responded about plus size options. So if we assume that those 35 vendors all actually offer a full plus size line, and not one or two styles that come in sizes that go up to a size 16, this means that women who wear straight sizes have nearly 43 times the number of choices for clothing. I realize that this is assuming every vendor offers about the same number of items which is a huge over simplification, but 43 TIMES THE NUMBER OF CHOICES!
Women who wear these larger sizes have been screaming about this for years. Hell, I’ve been screaming about this for years, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told that “it can’t be that bad” or that “I must be too picky about my clothing” or even that “everyone has a hard time finding clothing they like in their size”. Maybe now a few more people will believe us.
I remember years ago, shopping for a cocktail dress for a very fancy corporate holiday party, I had just been promoted to management, I was both the youngest manager and the only female manager and I needed a good dress. I was willing to spend what ever it was I needed to to get the right dress. I went to every store I knew of that carried plus sizes, and I either found nothing (back then Lane Bryant carried pretty much just jeans, t-shirts and sweaters) of I found the same 4 choices. 1) black skirt suit 2) black pup-tent shaped dress in chiffon with pearl beads at the crew neckline 3) black chiffon micro pleated dress 4) the same pup-tent shaped dress in a heavier weight fabric with some other doodads at the same high neckline. Seriously the same 4 matronly choices. After 2 days of crushing disappointment, I got lucky - I was a size 18 at the time, and a few of the better department stores carried through a size 16 in their straight size departments - and in Nordstrom’s I did stumble upon a beautiful cobalt blue silk two piece dress in a size 16 that was roomy in the right places and that with some minor alterations I could wear. I wore the hell out of that dress. For years.
To this day I dread ‘needing’ a dress for a special occasion, because I still can’t just “go to the mall’ and try some things on until I find something I like that fits nicely. Yes, I have FAR more choices on line than ever before, but that often requires ordering two sizes in a few dresses and sending the ones that don’t work back.
…so maybe this is a step in the right direction. Maybe some day the department stores will catch on, and dedicate more than a single rack, all the way in the back to matronly plus size clothing.
As a fat woman who majored in a scientific field in college, and who in-fact has a degree in Engineering, I am simultaneously horrified, and not at all surprised to read the information in this piece. When I started out from college I worked in material science laboratory environments, and I met with some of the same sorts of things Rachel Fox describes. Later in my career when I moved into the construction field, as a fat woman who was often the only woman who wasn’t an executive assistant or an accountant in an office full of men, I met with fat-shaming of a slightly different skew. Whether my current much smaller staff employment situation is actually different or I’ve just become good at making it clear that I will not put up with such treatment - I guess I had hoped that the scientific world elsewhere had gotten better.
One thing that Rachel Fox is right about though - if people don’t speak up and make it clear that it won’t be tolerated, if multiple someones don’t advocate for education and change in the commonly held (mis)beliefs, it’s clear that the situation isn’t going to change. (her original blog post is here: http://chronicle.com/blogs/conversation/2014/06/17/too-fat-to-be-a-scientist/)
(and thank you to my friend Rowen for bringing this article on NPR to my attention!)
My latest article is up at Belly Dance at Any Size
If one is going to spend time in the sunshine wearing a two piece swim suit after many years of only wearing one piece swim suits, one really ought to make sure there is sunscreen on the entire white belly. ouch.