I wasn’t planning to write today, but a post I viewed on Pin Up Passion’s Facebook page has compelled me.
Earlier today Pin Up Passion posted this picture of La Cholita:
Lo and behold, it wasn’t long before someone labelled her obese. Quickly followed by insults hurled at anyone who tried to defend her about the eating of too many cheeseburgers. It also wasn’t long before someone commented ‘bones are for dogs’.
This whole episode has saddened me, for a number of reasons.
I am saddened that such a beautiful woman has been labelled in such a negative way. Even more so that this has been done by other women. There has been some debate on various social media platforms following the Suzanne Moore debacle. Putting aside the transgender issue, Moore had a point in her original article, which has been lost: that there is not enough solidarity between women. I hasten to add inclusion too – the irony of that will not be lost if you have been following Moore’s rather public career suicide*. This is reinforcing the ‘one body to rule them all’ ideal peddled by the media and fashion industry. This is not solidarity and inclusion. August Allure wrote an interesting post about her pursuit to be a model - there is always someone else to blame about the size issues in the fashion industry. In her case, it was the designers with the fashion samples. You can see my views on that in the comments section.
‘Ahh. Here is someone who doesn’t fit the ideal of what the female body should look like.
Let’s publicly humiliate her’
To be clear, this is not an ‘aren’t fat women fabbylous, and aren’t all skinny women terribly unattractive’ post. Perdita’s Pursuits made a valid point on my facebook page - that the pin up industry can purvey the idea that in order to be a real woman, you must have curves. See note on inclusion above. There are large women who are really rather lacking in curves, just as there are slender women who have plenty of them.
Ladies, please – how are we allowing this to happen?
No one should be ostracized for their size, or any physical attribute, for that matter.
To paraphrase a placard from Slutwalk – the length of my skirt is none of your business; neither is the size of my arse!
*Stick her in any search engine for more detail but the gist is Moore wrote an article for the New Statesman in which she urged women to get angry, including the line that women were expected to have the body of a Brazilian transsexual. This is unfortunate as a. she should have used the term transgender/trans-female, and b. she is suggested that trans-females are not really females, as real females are expected to strive for an unattainable body. To add insult to injury, Brazilian trans-females are frequently subjected to violence and murder, more so than in any other country.