Wobble: Just One More Way We Objectify Women?

Well, thank you to fellow blogger, Feministing.com, for bringing up this disturbing new feature on I-Phone. I just can’t imagine where girls and women are getting that feeling that they’re being objectified…

your comments here are welcome…”good fun” or gross objectification?

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Is the Jessica Simpson fat hype over the top?

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Jessica Simpson has been spotted ***gasp*** looking heavier than her ultra-skinny Dukes of Hazzard daisy-duke wearing self.  Shall we call out the calvary? The farm? Has everyone gone insane?

We just went through this whole thing with Jennifer Love Hewitt– didn’t we?

Media outlets are shouting it from the roof tops– like this one; “Jessica Simpson Shocks Fans With Noticeably Fuller Figure” (Fox News).  They couch insults in their intro:

Donning mom-jeans, a tight black tank top and a muffin-top-inducing leopard belt, the songstress’ appearance left the gossip-world abuzz.”

And they go on to ask a barrage of questions:

Is Jess preggers? Did she gain sympathy weight for sis Ashlee (who just had a baby with hubby Pete Wetnz)? Is it all a ploy to get her on the cover of a magazine? Or is it, more likely, that the star has been eating the same diet that her Dallas Cowboys quarterback boyfriend Tony Romo does?”

Of course, that’s just one of the many news outlets covering this “very important” development.

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OK. These jeans don’t flatter the figure.  But is this a reason for a media sensation?

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Does a celebrity have a right to gain weight?  Or must she retain the highly sexualized thin image that looks to unattainable in real life? And, if it’s the latter, how are we to explain to our girls why gaining weight gets so much negative attention in our society?

I can’t imagine walking around with cameras in my face (and on my rear) at all times looking to see if the paparazzi can capture my cellulite.  Many believe that this is the life of a celebrity– and they asked for it.  Perhaps being in the limelight means you must be ready for all sides– good and bad.  I always get refocused on the girls who look to Jessica Simpson and other celebs (Miley Cyrus, the Lohan girls, PussyCat Dolls) for inspiration.  What goes on in the minds of girls when they see all the fat bashing going on in the media– even when the celebs just look…normal? Yup.  Body Image Gone Wild.

At least Little sister Ashlee is showing some sister solidarity…who is disgusted by media outlets and bloggers who are calling her sister “fat.” Writing on her MySpace blog, Ashlee said the comments were “embarrassing and belittling to all women”. Further: “All women come in different shapes, sizes, and forms and just because you’re a celebrity, there shouldn’t be a different standard.”

Former trainer Harley Pasternak, author of The 5 Factor Diet, also got in on the discussion:  “She has curves where a woman needs to have curves. We all go a little bit up and a little bit down. But she’s healthy…She’s still sexy. She’s still a beautiful woman. And I have no problem with the way she looks. I think if more people looked the way she looks now, the country would be a lot healthier.”

Of course, and Jessica has spoken on this topic herself:

Curves are better. “I don’t get the whole rail thing. It’s not good for your heart, it’s not good for your mind; it’s emotionally destructive, it really is.” (Harpers Bazaar magazine)

Please chime in.  We’re ready to hear your thoughts.

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Massachusetts Plan to Measure Weights of Children a Good Idea?

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Is weighing children and teens at school a good idea?

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Massachusetts has jumped on the “free the obese” bandwagon. The ant-obesity plan goes before the Public Health Council next week, and broad support is expected.

The plan requires all major restaurant chains, including fast food restaurants, to prominently post all calorie counts on the menu as part of an anti-obesity campaign put forth by Gov. Deval Patrick. Many people are often shocked by the high number of calories in fast food— especially those that are supposed to be formulated for children.

On top of that, public schools will be required to measure the heights and weights of all first, fourth, seventh, and tenth graders to determine who is and who isn’t overweight.

The findings to the data collected will be sent home to parents with detailed advice on how to eat better, exercise more, and get healthier overall.

The process will go into effect next fall.

“People often really are not aware of what’s sitting on their plate – it’s a big portion, they’re talking to their friends, they have no way of knowing exactly what they’re eating,” said Dr. Caroline Apovian, Boston Medical Center’s Director of the Nutrition and Weight Management Center. “But if the information is sitting right in front of you . . . it’s hard to deny.”

But I have to wonder, will weighing the children and teens bring weight and “weight competition” to the forefront? Are we going to have an eating disorder issue on hand as children begin to share “weight results” just like grades on the last spelling test? Will the attention of the teachers, now shifting to BMI, not just academic performance, color how they view their students (unfortunately, past studies hint that it could)? How will it affect children’s self esteem and teenager body confidence? Yikes. I don’t get a good feeling about this part of the plan.Perhaps you remember the great “weight gradedebate and how it created havoc in the lives of children who thought something was “wrong” with them since they had “failed” on BMI?

SO what do you think?

Here is some feedback from readers (Boston Globe)

I have to feel bad for the poor overweight child who has few friends but does get validation from a positive relationship with teachers and other workers n the school. They will now be sending this child negative reports, even if academic and behavior issues are absent. It would be much better to encourage all students to walk more or eat healthy than to stigmatize individual students. –zendall

How about bringing back recess and requiring more time in P.E. class? NCLB has put so much emphasis on test performance that many schools have cut back the amount of time kids are allowed to be active. –Andrea_Q

Calorie counting only gets one so far. Most people know roughly what a food’s count is. Exercise, gym , and, yes, recess are important components in addressing this concern. General activity is too. Banishing Fluffanutter sandwiches may grab headlines, but trivializes this serious issue. –amoreperfectunion

Government weighing your kids?? And you’re okay with that?? Probably citing “costs” to society. Shades of “your body belongs to the state.” Except we are not a socialist state, we stand for individuals to be free to be left alone. When The State weighs you then we have entered into “you will be healthy for the state.” Health as not a private matter but as a duty, punishable by “fine” (e.g. stigmatization, taxation, etc.) Behold the new state religion Health. And you lemmings with no life of your own that you have to stick your nose into other’s nod and say “a good thing.” I wonder if even when they begin calling it Child Abuse to have a heavy child and take your child away to state run camps that you’ll complain then. That’s how deaf and blind and dependent on the state to fix or control your life you’ve become. When the state starts weighing your kid what on earth do you think will happen next????? –nycclash

Give us your take. What do you think?

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