Thursday, April 30, 2009

Disappearing act

So during my recent eye roll exercise time (reading Life&Style), I came across an excellent quote by Heidi Klum, the versatile do-it-all supermodel. Smashed between stories about Britney's fashion or lack thereof, Katie's super skinny diet, and celebrity matchmaker Patti Stanger's breast reduction -- because C is the perfect cup size, don't you know???? /gag -- it came as a shock.

"A size 0? I've never heard of that. That didn't exist when I was growing up. When did that start? What does that mean? It means a person is not there, no? It makes no sense." (italics added)

Why yes, by Jove, Heidi! I think you've got it...a 0 means a person is not there! OR in other words, women who are trying to work themselves down to that idolized size 0 are just obeying what this patriarchial ruled society has ordained as a woman's best quality -- the ability to BE LESS. Yes, in order to be the perfect woman, you should weigh less, show the appearance of less, less wrinkles, less grey, less blemishes (or just the "perfect" amounts as far as T/A are concerned), eat less, have less of an opinion, have less intellect...just be less.

The beauty of this plan? If women are obsessed with being less, they will be too busy to accomplish anything else. Do you know how much MORE it takes to appear LESS? Anti-aging creams, hair dye, anti-cellulite creams, creams to remove stretch marks and varicose veins, and of course, makeup -- might as well install a wall-to-wall medicine cabinet in your bathroom! -- not to mention, collagen injections, botox, liposuction, and implants. And don't even get me started on the diets that take over your mind and your sanity with calorie counting and do eat/don't eat mantras, or all the money you can spend on diet cardboard,, and programs like Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig. More time, more money, more sacrifice just to be less. Oh, it is so NOT worth it. And let's call it what it really is - a distraction. A distraction to all the intelligent, beautiful, amazing women in the world who could be investing their time and money in meaningful, worthwhile goals and aspirations.

So yes, Heidi, it makes no sense. No sane human would want to make herself disappear. Just imagine what women could accomplish if they were allowed to remain sane and be present! I get it..... Great plan to keep your power intact guys -- we never said you were stupid ALL the time!

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