Thursday, August 09, 2007

Please Do Edify Me…

As to why it is that 80% of the time you read one of those “Americans are all so FAT!” articles that the only gender whose FATNESS is measured from one decade to the next is… women? You can't tell me that it's about "AMERICANS" who are getting fatter and nobody did any comparisons on male weight (I have fat rants in droves, but this particularly sexist thing about all the fat talk drives me even battier than all the gross assumptions about fat people).

But then, men are SUPPOSED to be bigger. The truly grotesque are the women, who are all supposed to be taking up less space. And it's the women who should feel really bad about it, because they'll pay more money to get rid of it, and fail. Because women gain weight even more easily than their male American counterparts.

Holier than thou.

5 comments so far. What are your thoughts?

Fannie said...

Men ARE supposed to be bigger. That's why it's also okay if men on tv are fat and why they have hot, skinny wives!

Kameron Hurley said...

Ah, of course, silly me! I *knew* there was a reason why there were no fat women on television (Camryn Manheim and Monique notwithstanding).

David Moles said...

You see a lot of articles about children's weight, too. See, it's okay for boys to get fat so long as they start buff and don't get fat till middle age. Then it becomes a status symbol: "Look, I'm Newt Gingrich! And this is my beer belly! And this is the girl 23 years younger than me and half my weight that I dumped my second wife for! Eat it, buff guys half my age!"

Emily said...

And it's horrible for children to get fat because it means that women are Failing! To! Be! Good! Mothers!

La Gringa said...

No, if your kids are fat it means that *McDonald's* should be held completely responsible for what kids put in their mouths, thus spewing even more ridiculous lawsuits and spurring ever on the over-litigious nature of Americans in general.

Oy. Sick of people pointing fingers in general.