Ideals for body shape in women have changed markedly over the ages, ranging from the not-exactly-svelte Venus de Milo of ancient Greece, to the very ample nudes by Flemish painter Rubens, and then on to the stick thin, large breasted beauties typically featured in today’s media. This much is well illustrated in a recent Buzzfeed video. So does this mean that there are no real advantages of one body shape over another? Do perceptions of what’s attractive in a female physique just come down to what we get fed on our computer, TV or cinema screens?Continue Reading
Lily Allen is irritating feminists again. Here’s what she thinks about how women are judged:
“I don’t think men are the enemy, I think women are the enemy. I know that when I’m sitting in a restaurant and a really beautiful woman walks in, who’s skinny, I instinctively think, “Oh she’s really skinny and beautiful and I’m really fat and ugly.” Every man I speak to always says they find that kind of woman gross, and they prefer a bit more meat on their ladies. So it’s more of a competitive thing. It’s weird. It’s just really unhealthy and we’re our own worst enemy. We should stop being so horrible to each other.”
Or as Callie Beusman at Jezebel has helpfully summarized:
“Ugh, women are so mean to each other. I’m jealous of other women. But it’s ok, men say they’re disgusting and I’m better. God, we should stop being mean to each other!”
Ok so Allen is as bad as anyone else on the bitching front but actually she’s right on the money in her analysis of women’s attitudes to each other.Continue Reading
Just a quickie folks, but since we’ve been talking about body hair on men, it’s obviously important to point out that women need their hairy bits too, something that even Cameron Diaz is taking note of. So I thought it appropriate that we applaud the underwear company American Apparel for putting hairy muffs on their mannequins to draw attention to the fact that women do actually have pubic hair – something also noted today by Emer O’Toole in the Guardian.
Wey hey, the bush is back! Hopefully.
It’s gratifying to see that feminism is back in vogue. You might not think Miley Cyrus – and the rest – are the best spokespeople for women’s equal rights and opportunities but at least the debates are out there and it feels like feminism is no longer a label young women are eschewing because of the perceived connotations of radical, ugly, bra-burning men-haters.
Yeah it’s hard for a bitch out there, but I would take issue with some of her whingeing actually. “If you’re not a size six and you’re not good looking, well you better be rich or be real good at cooking.”
Well yeah and what? To be attractive you have to have something going for you yes? Although I’d extend the potential list of sexy attributes a lot further than these, to cut it you need to have a good helping of what scientists call ‘mate value’. If you want a desirable partner, you need something good to offer – no point in moaning about it – and it’s true of men and women alike.
But the something doesn’t have to be gigantic boobs and a gravity-defying pair of buns.
This week the Guardian proclaims that the Towie look (The Only Way is Essex); fake tan, false lashes, sculpted brows and big hair has taken hold across the country. That’s scary.
So is the fact that so many women are prepared to go beyond trowelling on the slap and go under the knife to make themselves sexy for men with, for instance, around 25,000 women in the UK having breast implants each year. Of course some of this number will be undergoing reconstructive surgery or perking things up a bit, often after breast feeding, to increase body confidence – totally fine. But quite a few of these women are getting gigantic plastic tits that will likely put their backs out. These artificial appendages serve no possible function except to draw attention to themselves. Why, otherwise-attractive-women, why?
The thing is, according to a study just published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, when women bag themselves a pair of outsize boobs they may be setting themselves up to attract men with all the political correctness of Jeremy Clarkson.Continue Reading