I haven’t posted this until now because I wanted to make sure it was all legal, but last summer, Marie Claire South Africa magazine approached me about a project on “making a feminist Barbie.” This was my contribution!!
I think Barbie is a really complex feminine icon, and I was so excited to get the chance to add to the discussion. I think a feminist Barbie would love her body and love my body too, because feminism is all about accepting yourself and others for who we all are! “A feminist Barbie” would be proud of her own thin frame and proud of another woman’s curvier one. She would be proud of a woman’s decision to own her own body by deciding to tattoo it, strengthen it, or wear religious coverings. If being a Barbie girl (or boy, or anything inbetween) meant being accepted and accepting of others, I think we’d all want to be on Barbie’s side.
(oh yeah legal stuff: this is not commerciality associated with Barbie or Mattel at all and I do not own or claim to own Barbie!! This is strictly parody/fan art.)
Aren’t you worried that you are jumping to conclusions about the health of individuals you don’t know, based solely upon their appearance?
The only people qualified to make judgments about whether someone should lose weight are that individual and their doctor. People may be overweight for many reasons, perhaps even due to a pre-existing medical condition. More importantly, however, people should not have to justify the appearance of their body to complete strangers in order to be respected.
Never have I said on this blog that people should ignore medical advice to lose weight. If your weight is affecting your health and restricting your abilities, by all means lose weight using healthy, moderate methods. But people should not be made to feel that they need to lose weight in order to be worthy of love and respect in our society. I promote self-love, body positivity and confidence, and these are things that everyone deserves, regardless of body type.
You say you aren’t being rude, and I appreciate that you truly think you are trying to help people. But as someone who receives countless messages like this one everyday, I can tell you that your message is far more harmful than helpful. In a society where the thin ideal is completely pervasive and impossible for many people to achieve, we don’t need to pile more shame on people with other body types. We need body positivity, and we need acceptance.
So ladies, flaunt your figures, large or otherwise.
OH WELL IMAGINE AS IM PACING THE PEWS IN A CHURCH CORRIDOR
AND I CAN’T HELP BUT TO HEAR NO I CAN’T HELP BUT TO HEAR AN EXCHANGING OF WORDS
WHAT A BEAUTIFUL WEDDING
WHAT A BEAUTIFUL WEDDING SAYS A BRIDESMAID TO A WAITER
YES BUT WHAT A SHAME WHAT A SHAME THE POOR GROOMS BRIDE IS A