Women & Beauty
One thing that I've noticed about discussions on the Concept of Beauty is their similarity to political discussions. Seriously, just substitute a few words and the two types of discussions are equivalent in their ferocity and the lengths some will go to argue their point.*
In recent years, the images of beauty we see plastered all over the media have sparked ferocious debate. And, they've sparked a counter movement. Through this battle of sorts, "Thin is In" has been countered with "Real Women Have Curves."
To be quite honest, I disagree with the extremes of both. By this I mean that I dislike the disparaging and demeaning comments occurring on both sides of the spectrum where thin girls are 'not normal' or have eating disorders and larger ones 'can't put the donuts down' or are lazy. Especially since, more often than not, neither of these is true.
I think we can all agree that its not OK for little girls to think they have to starve themselves to be beautiful. But, its just as damaging to ridicule the naturally slender. Its also incredibly counterproductive. Because, instead of solving the issue of 4/5 women hating their bodies, we're just giving eachother fodder that perpetuates a vicious cycle of generalizations and stereotypes.
Because really, 'natural' beauty isn't thin or curvy...its both.
*I'm not attacking anyone's opinions...just making a generalized observation and stating my opinion. :)