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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.

From Thinking Thoughts…Britney’s Belly???

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.

Harshest Words Saved For Britney’s Body

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…

Chasing a Dream: The effects of magazine images on girls

At Confessions of a Jersey Girl

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.

From BlogHer

Britney — The Fallout



7 Responses to “Britney Spears Performance Spurs Body Image Debate: What is Fat? Who Says?”

  1. musmon said

    Britney is totally crazy!

  2. Sudeshna said

    Dear Catherine,

    I loved your post on Britney and how this is more of a body image issue of women in general rather than a mere attack on Ms. Spears.

    I have been reading some of your earlier posts but this post and the simple statement “WOMEN! Love Yourselves. You are perfect, just the way you are” really moved me.

    I’m working on something similar at the International Museum of Womem. Our current project, called Imagining Ourselves, is a multi-lingual, global online exhibit featuring the artwork, film and writings of women from all over the world. Our Web site is http://www.imow.org and highlights the incredible work of young women around the world and tries to inspire individuals and other women to take action on the vital social issues raised through the exhibit.

    Our current theme is Image and Identity and sub theme is Fat! Fit? Flabulous and there are some incredible stories from and about women around the world.

    I take this opportunity to invite you to visit our Web site and perhaps post a comment. I was also wondering if you would be so kind as to spread the word about the exhibit to your community via your blog. Perhaps you could recommend people that I can get in touch with? Let me know if you would be willing to help us spread the word and I will send you a copy of our outreach flyer. Your help in any way would be really appreciated! This project is not possible without the help and commitment of our community. I look forward to hearing from you soon!

    Strength to you and your work!

    Kind regards,


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  4. This article is a little misguided. said


    not just on women and girls…. how naive of you. You think there is no pressure for guys to look good?

    Also, do you think it is appropriate to dance around on stage in a glittered bra and panties combo when you are “curvier than before”?

    Last, the hair. Hot wigs exist, why did she insist on looking like a dirtbag?

    I see a star who has given up. Both in the personal grooming department and also in the performance department. If you’re going to lip sync, at least try to make me believe it…

    Embracing your body does not mean you have to make a fool of yourself.

  5. Mr. “Misguided” —

    Did not mean to offend men with this post. However, this blog is geared toward women readers, hence the name.

    I’m not saying that there was anything good about Britney’s performance on this night…I was disappointed to see that most who commented on this performance were focusing on her weight as the main issue…I think this adds to the burden facing young women over body image, and I will stand by that.

    Thank you for your comment.

  6. I think it’s only a matter of time before Britney runs over a photographer and kills ’em. What happened to that sweet old Britney we used to know and love?

  7. Olivia said

    I do not believe there is a Body Image problem. Singers/models/actors/actresses are sending wrong messages to their fans. Just not leading by example. Take a look at Britney’s picture for the Candies’ clothing line and compare it with another picture of Britney’s circus tour. The pictures were released around same time. Who is at fault?


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