Just something to think about

“Consider Hollywood’s current It Girl, Keira Knightley. Knightley has a body mass that places her in the second percentile of the population. If her weight were to deviate as radically in the other direction – in other words if she were in the 98th percentile of body mass – she would weigh approximately 300 pounds.

Yet Knightley is presented by our media-industrial complex as a completely natural object of male desire, while men attracted to 300-pound women are considered to be in the grip of a bizarre fetish.”

Paul Campos

I don’t think Campos is saying that there’s anything wrong with being attracted to women of either size (he is the author of the the Diet Myth after all), but just how skewed it is that we can place someone on one end of the spectrum on a pedestal, but someone on the other end is deemed completely¬†unacceptable.

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2 thoughts on “Just something to think about

  1. Keira isn’t Hollywood’s only “it girl”, and she’s had some body criticism directed at her, both for beign too thin and for not being busty enough. They digitally enhanced her bust for the American posters of “King Arthur” because it was thought Americans wouldn’t want to see such a small-busted woman in a leading role. Keira has been very vocal about not wanting this to happen again. And there is beginning to be more variety in Hollywood. Christina Hendricks, for instance, is very popular and practically worshiped for her body, which is much different from Keria’s waifish frame. Both are beautiful women with impressive resumes. I don’t think their bodies need to matter as much as they do.

    • The quote from Paul Campos is a bit old, coming from 2008, and it is great that there now seems to be greater appreciation for women with different figures, like Christina Hendricks, but that still doesn’t address exactly what he said. Christina Hendricks is closer to the size of an average woman, but Campos was talking about how it’s ok to be attracted to a woman at one end of the spectrum, but not as accepted to be attracted to a woman at the other end of the spectrum (which Christina Hendricks is definitely not).

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