This morning an article in the Metro someone was reading caught my eye - For the life of me I can't remember what it was, but I'm sure you'll forgive me when I explain what happened next.
Inspired to read the article, I reached for the nearest available newspaper in order to find it. The paper in question was open to an article on the horrible state of binge drinking teenage girls today and what it was doing to our country. It was then I realised I'd accidentally picked up the Daily Mail
. Horrified, I had to carry on reading, because when you've got a Daily Male in your hand, it's hard not to, sometimes.
One article caught my eye as pointedly typical Mail
reporting, and so much so that even the journalist who wrote it was ashamed to put his name on, and the byline just read Daily Mail Reporter
. Did you know that a woman's weight is intricately tied to her relationship happiness? Of course you did, because the only two things any woman cares about are a) her weight and b) her man.
It was amazing
. Cause apparently women lose weight to impress their new man,then put it on as they relax, then lose it dramatically when they get married, then put in on with kids (no shit) then lose it again when their self respect returns. The 'study' was made by a slimming site, so I'd dismiss it as bollocks, except it was fascinating
. And sadly I don't have enough faith in the majority of patriarchy-trained women to completely dismiss it as bullshit. It showed women crash dieting to impress men, relaxing as they became happy, crashing again for the most stressful event of their life, relaxing with other priorities, then when they have time to think of themselves again, it's in order to diet again. Honestly? Though I feel I have a pretty healthy relationship with my body image, I know most women don't, and relationships with other people - of which your life partner is often the most important - is often key to how you see yourself. How many people reading this doesn't
know a married woman who developed an eating disorder in the run up to her wedding?
I could have titled the article
Heterosexuality is the root cause of eating disorders.
I wouldn't, because I happen to think that phrasing it like that would be helpful. But it was an interesting, if completely stupid, study. Shame the Mail
missed the point.
See also this video
, linked by luciusmalfoy
On a related subject - healthy
weight loss - Mitch Benn looks remarkably thinner than when I last saw him on the Now Show
*, and the act was amazing (he also said that we were the best audience
- we rock!) It is, I've discovered, impossible to be in a bad mood after seeing Mitch pretending to sulk inside a Dalek.
So to round of the post on a happy note, have some Shakespeare:
*I have special radio-seeing eyes. Beware. Or maybe I should have phrased that
at the Now Show? I get confused.