I was going to do a typical post but something caught my eye that, in my humble opinion, deserves some serious attention. I was perusing Google News and tumbled across this article .
Ricky’s, a Halloween costume superstore, was selling a costume called “Anna Rexia” which looks like this:
Photo courtesy: Huffington Post
Can you picture yourself prancing around in this costume, flinging your measuring tape around like a lasso, while partying it up with friends on Halloween? I didn’t think so.
My mind is racing and my stomach is in knots. At first, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to shed light on this issue because I just launched this blog a few days ago, and I envision this blog as somewhere readers can visit for a fun dose of healthy, vegan living. But then I realized it is my duty to stand up to these issues. Because if I don’t, how can I expect other people to do the same? So, excuse me while I stand on my soapbox.
We face criticism on a day-to-day basis. But no other criticism reigns supreme to that which we bestow on ourselves. This very costume is riffing on the notion that women should break out the measuring tape, fixate on an impossible standard (because let’s face it, there is no such thing as “too thin”), and starve themselves quite possibly to the point of death. Death, people. I’m sorry but death is not a joke. And an eating disorder is not funny. It is a painful, intimate battle.
Regardless of whether you have battled an eating disorder, you certainly understand first-hand how it feels to be judged by yourself and your peers; to play the comparison game with other women and men; to not be happy with yourself until you attain the impossible standard that can never actually be reached.
Well, screw that. As Caitlin so eloquently reminds us everyday, You are beautiful.
Please join me in contacting Ricky’s. Heck, I’ll even provide the link . Let them know how it has affected you. I’m on it. Are you? (Note: Ricky’s has removed the costume as an item for sale)