Britney Spears Performance Spurs Body Image Debate: What is Fat? Who Says?
Posted by Catherine Morgan on September 13, 2007
Britney Spears Performance Spurs Body Image Debate: What is Fat? Who Says? — by Catherine Morgan
I had the unfortunate opportunity of watching the MTV Music Video Awards this past Sunday. Personally, I think the entire show was horribly produced, and it was almost painful to watch. The same is true with the Britney Spears “train wreck” on the same show. Her performance, was just about the worst “so-called” entertainment I have ever seen.
There was basically nothing good you could say about the Britney performance. However, I was surprised to read the next day, that so much focus was being put on her weight. Now, the outfit she wore was hideous, but there is no way you can say she is “fat”. If Britney Spears is considered “fat”, then I must be considered “morbidly obese” and in need of a stomach stapling. There were plenty of reasons to criticize Britney Spears that night, but her weight wasn’t one of them.
But, this post isn’t about Britney Spears…It’s about the continuing, and seemingly never ending, Body Image Debate. When are we going to learn to love our bodies for all of our shapes and sizes? Why does there have to be some cookie cutter image that every women needs to be upheld to?
This is a war, a war on women, and a war on young girls. It’s a war we can not afford to lose.
WOMEN! Love Yourselves. You are perfect, just the way you are.
With the problems facing young girls when it comes to weight and body image, this is a huge setback. And many bloggers spoke up about the controversy this week.
My daughter, who just started writing a blog for teens and tweens, wrote a post giving her critique of the Britney Spears performance.
Britney Spears just preformed and it was not good, it was actually pretty bad. Especially that outfit she was wearing, it was horrible, and the way she was trying the lip sink was very bad. She also seemed like she didn’t know her dance moves very well.
Frankly, I see none of this. I see a body that is a hell of a lot better than 99% of the women on the planet, and one that most teenage girls wouldn’t be ashamed to claim. I see a shape a little curvier than the one she had pre-babies, but I do not see rolls and bulges and flab. I see arms that are more rounded and less toned than the average Hollywood star’s, but they are not fat, flabby, or unattractive. I see legs that are a little thicker than most of the same Hollywood stars’, but again not flabby or revolting.
More profoundly, in an age where skinny models and skeletal actresses are under scrutiny for the message they’re sending young girls, what does it say that we’re excoriating a young woman for a little thickness in her middle?
On the morning after what the VH1 channel called Spears’ “already historic” performance, the blogosphere was buzzing with opinions. For every “fat” comment there was an impassioned retort. “Give her a break,” wrote one blogger on Aboutthink.com. “The girl’s had two kids — I hope I’m a size 10 after having kids!” — read full article
From The F-Word…
This is a great Abraham-Hicks quote that my sister sent me regarding body image. It’s so hard for women to deal with the pressures of body image and self-acceptance with all of the media images floating around today.