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Why are we so obsessed with critiquing women’s bodies?

Posted Mar 04 2011 5:08pm

I find myself repeatedly wondering why we are all so obsessed with judging women’s bodies. We all just can’t shut up about analyzing every detail of female celebrities and cataloging their weight gain and weight loss. And, if you happened to catch last week’s cover of OK! , you know we’re also obsessed with the idea of quick weight loss too. I think both obsessions are detrimental to our health, but the dangers of quick weight loss might be easier to scientifically measure…

One of the big troubles I have with our obsessions with female bodies is the often hypocritical messages we receive. What am I talking about? Check these:

Life & StyleHolly Madison: ‘I love my curvy body’ – Holly says she loves her curvy body, but suggests we “accept cellulite” with body make-up and dressing appropriately. Hmm…

JezebelJennifer Hudson Attacked For Being Too Skinny – While everyone couldn’t get over how good Jennifer looked recently, now we’ve decided she’s gone too far!

Daily MailBethenny Frankel shows off her flat stomach  on the beach – But we think Bethenny Frankel looks great!

Mail OnlineMegan Fox’s reveals new thin frame in Armani Code commercial – And we’re not sure if Megan Fox has gone to far yet…

So there you have it. Accept yourself by changing yourself, Jennifer Hudson needs to eat more, a much smaller Bethenny looks great and we’re on the fence about Megan (who looks the same size as Bethenny).  I know I am judging women’s bodies while preaching against it, but do you see my point? Some of the stuff out there makes NO sense! Either way, for an intelligent look at how our obsessions with female weight might affect our daughters, don’t miss this New York Times piece:  The Fat Trap .


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