Whelp, it’s that time of year again! Time for football, pumpkin spice flavored everything, bonfires, and picking up that hammer to smash patriarchy! Well, for some of us we never let the hammer go, but we’re just now blogging about the experience again. I’m very excited for another semester working with ShoutOut! and expanding that inner feminist voice even more both within myself, the new bloggers, and you the readers. This semester my goal is to really focus on issues that will affect the future of our society be that reproductive rights, marriage equality, or standards of beauty. I also want to focus on what you, the reader, is interested in so send me those ideas! Let me know what you are passionate about, those issues that really getting you talking!
In other news, as some of my followers may know from my post “Things I Should Have Said” I am a bigger girl and “fat oppression” is something that I feel doesn’t get enough media attention. I also believe that the media attempts to limit what we see as beautiful, making it so that fat is synonymous with ugly. If the media shows larger people at all, the men are big and dumb and, the more rare, larger woman is obsessed with food and still has to be the brunt of the jokes. So, imagine my delight when I read this article from Jezebel about Big Ballet and it’s goals to encourage bigger women in dance. Then I remembered the show “Say Yes To The Dress-Big Bliss” episode which featured bigger women looking for the perfect dress. I was just like, “Hey! Look! We’re finally getting noticed in a good way in the media!”
Then I had to take a step back and really think about what was going on with these shows. It’s great that they are taking the time and effort to showcase these beautiful women, but why do they have to be separate? Why can’t they just include these women within the shows they already have? For me I get the sense that they are saying, “Yes, these women can be beautiful and talented, but only if they are held within a category within themselves. We can’t put them with other women because they won’t measure up then.” I just wish we could focus on inclusion rather than separation in regards to diversity and difference.
What do you think? Are these shows a step in the right direction? Or is a more two step forward and one step back type of deal? Let me know in the comments!