When did body policing become confused with body positivity? Seriously, I am so sick of this picture. The Marilyn and Bettie Page body types are in no way representative of everyday women - they were also living in a society with impossible beauty ideals, even if those ideals were slightly different than those of today. Notice they are all white, cisgender, and relatively thin. Notice that the perfect “hourglass shape” is just as rare and unattainable to most of us as the super-slender shape idealized today. Notice that the photos on top are all paparazzi shots and the ones on the bottom are posed glamour shots.
These “hot” women were NOT free from sexual objectification, depression, or damaging media attention. this article reminds us that Bettie Page was raped, exploited, and suffered from mental illness, and Marilyn Monroe committed suicide after years of depression. As for the assumption that today’s stars suffer from eating disorders - how is criticizing their “hotness” going to help? Fat positive bloggers have been saying it for years - shame does not inspire people to take better care of themselves. As long as women’s worth is determined by “hotness” - whether in the eyes of men, the media, or disgruntled facebook users - we remain disempowered.
This post was written by nettlefae!
The thing about this post, is that I originally didn’t take it the way it was intended. I took “When did this become hotter than this?” and focused mainly on the word “hotter.” When did the top row become hotter than the bottom? And I do agree with the question, but not in the negative way in which it was written. But when did the top row become hotter? When did they stop just all being equal? When did they cease to all just be beautiful? I do not understand.