And who thought aesthetics wasn't fun?! Then again, to add some gravity to the debate, consider that the rates of eating disorders tripled for college-age women from the late 1980s to 1993 and have risen since then to 4% suffering with bulimia. And consider that there has been a 119% increase from 1999-2006 in the number of children under 12 hospitalized due to an eating disorder, the vast majority of whom were girls (source
). Additionally, people who are traditionally considered overweight but not obese even by the medical-seeming BMI measure may actually be healthier than those in the so-called normal range.
I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings over their weight, and that may be a bad picture of Eva to make a point, but frankly Eva looks sickly in that picture. Unhealthy isn't sexy and isn't beautiful to me, especially when it speaks to behavior, like with the sloppy-look of an alcoholic. In an aesthetic
not moral sense, and in my opinion, there is something severely wrong with a culture and a society that shoves this unhealthy, anomalous version of feminine beauty down our throats to promote an industry that thrives on cultivating low self-esteem. That's an issue that fundamentally isn't just about women and isn't just about weight, but really epitomizes modern commercialism at least as played out in the corporate West and namely in corporate America. I forget where I read it, but I'm under the impression that it was actually Sigmund Freud's son who made a career out of teaching the wealthy elite how to manipulate people, even if subconsciously, by playing on their insecurities to sell commodities and ultimately create a consumerist culture of wage slaves contributing to their own domination via their quasi-brainwashed materialism. I know that kind of sounds conspiracy-theory-ish, but that doesn't make it false. Besides, I'm reminded of the memorable speech from V for Vendetta
in which our rebellious hero poignantly says, "If you're looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror."
What do you think?