The recrudescence in the last couple of days of videos such as “Killing us Softly” (which you can find below) makes me happy in that the discourse surrounding the ridiculous unrealistic expectations with regard to women’s bodies is yet again at the forefront of my discussions with many of my girlfriends.
However, I’m also bothered by a parallel discourse that seems to be emerging, one that is based on the same focus as the one about extreme thinness and, interestingly enough, is expressed through body size: that of culinary indulgence and lack of physical exercise. While I admire women for being comfortable in their bodies, I find it alarming that more and more of them have simply let go of all concerns with regards to their health. They don’t exercise and they eat copiously, developing boy sizes and shapes correlated with major health problems.
Perhaps if the body wasn’t seen as either a reflection of one’s beauty, or as a way to indulge in our lower natures, but rather as a vehicle for our souls to develop its higher nature, we would be able to strike that healthy middle, where body shape and size wouldn’t matter as much as is health and efficiency in making the world a better place.