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Is Fat Passé?

LONDON – At the risk of lobbing a hand grenade into the collective female unconscious, let me throw out some food for thought: I think that,...

feeling fatLONDON – At the risk of lobbing a hand grenade into the collective female unconscious, let me throw out some food for thought: I think that, slowly, the whole idea of being “fat” is becoming passé.

It’s not that I believe that body image has ceased to be one of the central parameters for how women – and especially, girls – define themselves. Nor – if musician Pink’s recent “fat shaming” episode is any bellwether — do I think that others will continue to pressure women, and particularly celebrities, to stay thin.

It’s just that culturally, I see a few signs that the the tides are slowly turning on this one and that one day in the foreseeable future, much like smoking and not using sunscreen in days gone by, our cultural obsession with being thin will wane and “fat” and “chubby” and “plus-size” will cease to have the negative cultural resonance it holds today.

“Rubenesque” will be the new black.

Read the rest of this post over at The Broad Side

 

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