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28 August 2006 @ 03:56 pm
I'd hate to be a size 10  
Eep! On the cover of the health & living section of today's Irish
Times it has a quote "I'd hate to be a size 10". Hurrah, I thought, a
article about larger people who are happy with their weight. Not at
all. The person quoted (well, paraphrased) is size 4-6 (Irish).

It talks about a handful of women sized 4-6 and what they think of
their weight and others'. I'm disappointed they don't mention heights,
except for one woman, who is 5'8", used to be size 4, is now size 6
and would like to be size 8.

I'm 5'6"-5'7". I'd love to be size 10. Or 12. 8 is a bit small for me.

I'm also a bit annoyed at the hypocrisy of the paper. This article
gives out about the media giving mixed messages, eg condemning Posh's
weight, then commending her looks in the fashion pages, then having
a diet a few pages on. But what did I see when I turned the page? How to
have a supermodel's body.

Edit: Size 4 is American size 0 and size 10 is American 6.

In other news, I did a handful of things for the first time last week.
I poached eggs. Lovely with a slice of ham on an English muffin (or an anguish mopping, as I call them now, thanks to the Anguish Languish).
I cooked couscous. Just plain, which was a nice counterpoint to spicy beans from the naked bean company. Mine weren't naked, they were dressed.
I customised the css of my layout. It was too crowded, so I padded the space between the entries. I've changed it to one of the new expressive themes. My inner geek wants to play with bloggish and completely create a layout in css, but I haven't any layout ideas.
I went to a wine bar in Leeson St. We were the first there. It looks pretty grotty when empty, but a lot better when you can't see the carpet. Some dancing was engaged in, which involved dodging some of the more enthusiastic dancers.
the femme dandy highwayman: linke emanzeglitzfrau on August 28th, 2006 03:19 pm (UTC)
Ugh, that's APPALLING. And that from a supposedly intelligent, liberal paper! I've found that the Saturday magazine increasingly reads like a cross between the Southside People and Irish Tatler, but to find the same anti-woman diet-obsessed piffle creeping into the main bit of the paper is ugh, revolting.
a very caring potato: wings and wordsmollydot on August 28th, 2006 03:38 pm (UTC)
I should have said health & living supplement, not section. It's not in the main part. So at least it is in the right place for diet obsessed piffle.

Now that I've looked further than the headline of the supermodel body one, I see it's actually about skin. And puffiness. But mostly skin.

Why is it ok to use such hyperbole about beauty? It's rare to see an exercise article telling you how to get the speed of an Olympic sprinter.
the femme dandy highwayman: linke emanzeglitzfrau on August 28th, 2006 03:44 pm (UTC)
Why is it ok to use such hyperbole about beauty?

Wow, that's a really good question. Perhaps because beauty isn't, after all, a quantifiable category, and really, there is no realistic scale that could be used to describe it? An article that started, "Sort out your beauty routine this summer! Not everyone can achieve the dizzying heights of a Victoria Beckham, but you should pick someone at the top of your beauty range and aspire to them instead. Most people can manage at least a Keira Knightley!" would reveal itself as the hyperbolic piffle that beauty journalism is.
The Milkman of Human Kindnessradegund on August 28th, 2006 04:35 pm (UTC)
Perhaps because beauty isn't, after all, a quantifiable category...

Yes, I think this is largely it. Beauty is ideal for the anxiety industry, in a way that exercise, with its measurability, never can be.
a very caring potato: wings and wordsmollydot on September 1st, 2006 01:40 pm (UTC)
Been thinking about this on and off (for seconds at a time!) and I can't think of anything else. I think the "anxiety industry" bit is the important bit. The hyperbole can be there because it's not quantifiable; it is there because of the anxiety industry, which is possible (or, at least, easier) because it's not quantifiable.

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a very caring potato: pedro lacks political experiencemollydot on August 28th, 2006 03:44 pm (UTC)
Eggs Benedict! That's made with anguish mopping, pooched ache, him, and something else, isn't it? So I nearly made it.

At least it's better than the Indo...
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a very caring potato: boobiesmollydot on August 29th, 2006 03:45 pm (UTC)
Or, as I'm after realising, the article is as bad as the Indo, cos it's in the Indo. Silly me.
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a very caring potato: closermollydot on August 29th, 2006 03:51 pm (UTC)
Tanyacartographer on August 28th, 2006 08:05 pm (UTC)
I didn´t know we had sizes 4 and 6. I (honestly!) thought we stopped counting below 8. Scary.
a very caring potatomollydot on August 29th, 2006 01:37 pm (UTC)
Me too. According to the article, it's easier now. People who used to have to shop in children's clothes shops can shop in adult places now.