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in the carnival of eating disorders that happens on this blog every last day of the month, one of the things we pay attention to is body image. here’s a contribution, a LOUD contribution, to the carnival on that topic. i won’t comment on it because, well, nancy hayssen says it all:
today at the gym, i was noticing how many women love to tear themselves apart.
too fat, too old, too big, too much cellulite, butts too big . . . and the best one of all is: “if only i could get FLAT ABS” …
women are NOT made to have flat stomachs!
it’s NOT truly feminine.
women’s bodies are made to have babies.
women are not naturally supposed to have:
* barbie doll fake breasts
* rock hard anything
* plastic injections of God knows what
* fake boobs, fake butts, fake ANYTHING
. . . . INCLUDING rock hard flat abs which serve NO purpose whatsoever!! except to feed into the media hype, sell more ab machines, make plastic surgeons money and fuel the economy some more!
get over it!
a real woman has full hips to give birth to babies, nurtures and comforts others with her soft skin (and YES! some FAT on her body), feeds her young milk from her breasts . . .
and isn’t so self-absorbed that the only thing that matters the most in life is getting her stomach to look like someone flat ironed it to death!
maybe it’s time for women to wake up and know it’s OKAY to be a real woman. fat butts and all.
read the rest here, at the flat ab gym rant!