Friday, January 9, 2009

Gotta Sec?

One of my Christmas presents this year was the second season of 90210. I consider it one of my guilty pleasures. It's incredibly cheesy and after each episode I feel as if I have watched an after school special. The clothes and hairdo's are classic 80's fabulous. But there's something else I love about it..

The girls in this show actually have healthy bodies. HIPS. Imagine that! A show with females that look like you and me. Novel isn't it?

I don't know when this..


became this..

But I don't like it. I'm sorry, but I believe girls should have curves. I find it hard to believe that this is healthy..


Now, I can't be sure. Perhaps these girls are naturally skinny. But I think we can all agree that most women do not have these bodies. What I think t.v. isn't showing us, and what us women aren't remembering is that according to the National Center for Health Statistics, the average weight for an adult female in the United States is: 162.9 pounds

That's right 163 pounds! (I'm rounding up, to make myself feel better!) (Another small fact is that the average women's pants size is 12)

Don't get me wrong, I completely believe you should be healthy. I think every woman is different and I think that some people are naturally skinny (I hate them :) But I also think that t.v., models, magazines, actresses, etc.. are telling us as women to be abnormally skinny. Seriously, ABNORMALLY.

I guess what I am getting at is this. I think we all talk and talk about this, and how unfair it is. But little old me is going to do something about it. Granted something small, but still something. I am choosing to not buy magazines that encourage a ridiculous body image. I choose not to watch shows that aren't helping my self esteem. That showcase unhealthiness.

What?!!! Caity, are you crazy? Some shows on t.v. are so funny! They are awesome! I know, I know. And believe me, I haven't always chosen to do this. I have been a a big fan of the O.C. Unfortunately I think some of my self esteem is based off how I feel after watching these shows. I will find myself thinking afterward.. wow, I need to lose weight. Or I feel depressed thinking I will never look like these girls.

I am sure some girls say it doesn't affect them in that way, and maybe it doesn't. But I would wager money that it doesn't help you have a healthy body image. So I choose to not support this. I don't want my kids growing up comparing themselves to these bizarro t.v. personalities. So maybe if enough of us stop supporting this, our kids won't have to.

I was flying home from Washington and thinking to myself how different life would be if we all looked identical and the only thing that was distinguishable in all of us was our personality. How very very different Hollywood would look, how different life would be.

Anyway, off my soap box I go, just thought I would start my New Year on a realistic note. What do you think? Anybody agree or disagree, I would love to hear opinions.

6 comments:

Lindsey Lu said...

I AGREE TOTALLY...I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT!! NO WONDER GIRLS THESE DAYS HAVE SUCH ISSUSE..I LOVED 90210 AND I THOUGHT THEY WERE ALL SO SKINNY THEN AND GOOD HECK LOOK AT THE NEW 90210 THAT IS PLANE CRAZYNESS!!! I'M SO GLAD MY HUSBAND IS A C.C.F.L. THAT IS A CHUBBY CHASER FOR LIFE!!!I HAVE TALKED TO SOME BOYS AND THEY LIKE A GIRL WITH A LITTLE MEAT ON THERE BONES... LETS BRING MARILYN BACK!!!!THAT WAS A GREAT BUT SCARY POST..OUR POOR POOR KIDS:)

P.S. said...

Love this post! Thank you for posting this. I couldn't agree more.
My husband thinks these girls are disgusting too. He always comments that wouldn't be caught dead with a girl with a body like that. He says he doesn't want to feel like a Pedophile because those girls have 12-year-old bodies.
Yeah for celebs like Kim Kardashian. I must say that even the super models of Victoria Secret have more curves than this and they are a zillion times more gorgeous.

Bonnie said...

Amen sister. It's actually been nice to be pregnant because for once I'm REALLY trying to not worry about my weight and comparing myself to people (real or on T.V.). It's been very liberating, but I know I won't keep it up once this baby is born.

Even scarier, she's a girl - so I want her to live in an environment where girls are proud to be who they are, no matter the size. But that's really hard to find. I support you in your boycott... I think it's a great idea. Jon convinced me when we first got married to stop buying those magazines because they were making me crazy. It helped a ton. Now I am addicted to "Real Simple" and working on all aspects of my life!

You go girl.

Me said...

I agree, and it is so easy to say and hard not to be effected because it does effect everyone. At every age and even if they don't show it.

Here is to a healthy, happy 2009! May everyone be the best them they can be.

H&M said...

Yeah Cait! I am so in your favor. I think Hollywood "typical" is really scary to look at and unhealthy overall. I think these women feel the pressure of society to become stick figures so when they bare all in front of a camera that goes across the nation they don't feel any regrets. I would wager they still feel regret and thus it becomes a sad cycle of abuse to their bodies and their self-esteem. I would also guess that most of the young actors have already had multiple plastic surgeries. I just think it is sad! How about self acceptance and giving your best effort to be the best you instead.

Anonymous said...

Amen to that! Look at these girls and they look like they are going to pass out from not eating in weeks. I hate when I go shopping for women's pants and all the companies try to make me feel fat by saying a size 12 is a "Grande". What the heck is that, I'm sorry I cant be 5 fot 5 and weigh 94 pounds but that is not healthy.