This post was inspired by a status update from one of my female friends on facebook. She posted an article that decried the fact that most runway fashion models meet the official BMI criteria for anorexia. Following this denunciation of oppressive beauty norms, she proudly declared that all women are beautiful, regardless of their size.
This powerful, socially conscious status was followed by a comment left by a white knight male claiming that all women are indeed beautiful.
Rest assured, it is not my intention to bore you with the dull moments of my life on social networking sites. However, what recently transpired on facebook is hardly an isolated incident, and such attitudes pervade mainstream society as a whole.
If you think that these “body positive” (read: accept obesity as attractive or else you’re a shallow misogynist) zealots are confined to the fringes of the internet, think again. One obese American woman, Jes Baker, has attracted national attention with her fat acceptance advocacy. In an attempt to parody the antiquated beauty norms of the fashion giant Abercrombie & Fitch, Baker can be seen posing in several photos with a much leaner, more physically attractive man.
Various bloggers within the manosphere have already tackled the absurdity of “fat acceptance.” That fat acceptance is a predominantly female movement or that fat acceptance advocates such as Jes Baker engage in blatant hypocrisy when they pose with much thinner men as opposed to men their own size, is hardly news.
However, what really gets me is this absurd notion that “all women are beautiful” or that people deserve to be praised just for existing as human beings. Feminist fat acceptance advocates do not have a monopoly on this kind of delusion. The legendary American comedian George Carlin once lambasted the absurdity of the “self-esteem movement” and its cousin “child worship.”
That being said, this “I’m special because I exist!” ethos is very much female driven. If a man who was overweight, socially awkward, and spent most of his free time playing video games in his parents’ basement were to come out and decry women’s high standards and implore women to find him attractive, he would earn nothing but scorn and ridicule. He would be told to hit the gym, develop confidence, cultivate better social skills, as well as other measures of self-improvement.
But if you’re a woman who looks like a Hutt crime lord, and most men don’t find you attractive? Well then, it’s society’s fault! Society’s social constructs and beauty standards need to be altered in order to ensure that all women feel beautiful and special.
That such delusional thinking isn’t called out more often, and is in fact rewarded with mainstream praise, is indicative that the decadent empire is truly undergoing terminal decline.