Y’all know I don’t regularly read a lot of feminist blogs besides Aunt B . It’s not because I’m such a misogynist pig (that remains to be seen) , but because I am an ENFJ personality type, and in order to be who I am, I need a real human being to interact with. It’s hard to do that navigating through manifestos and shock material. If I can’t read your blog and see a little of you in your opinions and theories, we really have nothing to talk about.
One I do enjoy very much is So Sioux Me. Tracee and I “met” because we have the same blog-ployer, and she linked to something I wrote at Ugly Betty News. I’ve been reading her personal blog ever since.
Anyway, she’s posted the most fascinating theory about why women starve themselves :
Do you remember the old feminist theory that women crossed their legs in the feminine way to take up less space because they felt unworthy of it?
What if girls today feel they don’t even have a right to exist, let alone take up more space?
Who takes up less space on the planet, or in a room, or on a couch, than a size Zero girl?
Perhaps the first step to preventing poor body image and extreme thinness and misperception of our bodies is to teach daughters they have a right to exist.
Now, it’s very tempting to dismiss this theory as just another womyns studies pointy-head mental exercise, but Tracee hits on something that has always perplexed me: why do women WANT to be a size zero? I know it’s not to be attractive to men, because no man I’ve EVER known likes women that skinny. In fact, the “perfect” size for my wife, the size at which she has to constantly fend me off with a broomstick, is size 12.
I’ve had this conversation with many men before: where do women get the idea that having the body of a 14 year old boy is something they should strive for?
I don’t think this one can be blamed on men. When most of us see a size zero, our first impulse is to buy her a cheeseburger.
So what do you think? Do these women do this because they feel unworthy to take up space?