Thursday, January 20, 2011

Female Beauty

ProWomanProlife's Brigitte expressed her irritation with a male critique of Miss America Pageant contestants.

I saw the same article linked at Kathy Shaidle's blog. And when I read that article, I was a bit miffed, too.

The author wonders: where are female curves? Why are women loading up on muscle? How come they no longer have narrow waists (as opposed to solid abs)?

I said to myself: these women are healthy.

And what women look like when they are healthy is feminine.

My complaint with female beauty is that unhealthy models are upheld and that there is such a lack of variety of who is considered beautiful.

If you look at the catwalks of fashion shows, the models are all tall, toothpick thin and don't look that different from one another.

Now, fashion models are people who are supposed to make clothes look good, and fashion designers make clothes that look good on these women (and tall thin women do make clothes look good).

But even in the popular media, it's tall, thin women everywhere.

I'm not saying that we have to worship fat. That would be ridiculous. Obesity is not good for you. But there's nothing wrong with being a size 8 or 10.

But to tell you the truth, I don't really pay that much attention to popular culture glitz and glam. Which is maybe why I think this is all kind of ridiculous. Practical is better than seductive.