Like a passionate gospel church goer praising the good name, this article from Jezebel leading the argument against “Strong is the new skinny”, makes me want to raise my hands to the sky and… Reblog on my soapbox.
Strong is Not the New Skinny because Women Don’t Need a New Skinny by Erin Gloria Ryan on Jezebel.com
My friend Amy shared this and as I said to her, I will bet my first born daughter that when my degree is finished, there’ll be one client with a slammin’ six pack and raging body dysmorphic disorder. Trading one obsession for another, in the case of the article’s 24 year old skinny cardio junkie dancer turn hard body, is still an obsession.
Great. “Strong is the new skinny” means “now you have to lift weights to be fuckable.”
We are making a new body type as an ideal of beauty. I have gorgeous, fit friends who still had breast enhancements to conform to an ideal. And here I am thinking, “y’all are stupid! D cup is NOT a blessing, they’re are dangly pains in the shoulders and good luck finding (non-cleavage enhancing) shirts that fit!” Ladies, if it isn’t one thing, it’s the other and if you aren’t comfortable in your skin, you will be chasing the new thing too. I’m not saying, stop doing burpees and lifting, that’s just ridiculous. Just stop the obsessing.
Replace the word Protein with calorie count. Replace the word Protein with donuts eaten. Restriction and Over indulgence can both be compulsive and could be something that needs to be discussed with a psychologist, not a Facebook forum. Not Pinterest. I once saw this one “healthy eating guide” picture. One side showed about a dozen hard-boiled egg whites, X amount Protein. The other side showed the yolks of those eggs- X amount fat. …that’s nice. Now, why would you be eating that many eggs in one sitting anyway? I’m too lazy to start writing what happens to unused protein in the body and how the excess nitrogen is converted to urea and passed in urine. So just Google it, if you wish, I’ll be right here.
All good? Cool.
Carbohydrates, Lipids, Proteins, cardio, my neighbour’s creepy Elmo collection: what do they have in common? A need for moderation and balance.
See what I did there? I said “Lipids”, not that dirty three letter word that people freak out over. When I posted the recipe for Brussels Sprouts sautéed in duck fat, I got so many comments like, “But it still has FAT!” Awe bless. I took a practitioner seminar for Spark of Life last week. This program works with dementia care and how to bring forth hidden abilities. I was really touched by this seminar and have started using it in practice at work in aged care and daily personal relationships (and soon with clients). One of the principles of speaking with heart pointed out the use of selective wording. “I will not be intimidated by fat” What are the first, and only, words you notice? intimidate and fat. Subconsciously, you lose the message and point because you still remember Intimidate and Fat. The mind starts to see fat as intimidating, not as an essential macronutrient that needs new marketing. The word Fat, like a Punch Buggy Red, seen all over the roads once pointed out, is seen everywhere. It starts by seeing skinny models and muscular fitness models as the new ideal, then it is seen at McDonalds, then a donut, oh no a bag of chips!, reduced fat this, and 1% fat that, but that Facebook post said egg yolks have fat, eggs=fat, good fat, bad fat, almonds are fat, butter is fat, some douchebag says he won’t date a fat chick, fat is bad, I don’t look like her, so I must be fat. Which means, I must be bad.
“Strong is the new skinny”
I have some new phrases:
Healthy is the new beautiful.
Happy is the new Inspiring.
Strong in Mind
Strong in Spirit
Strong in Body
Ps, as a former fashion designer, and designer of very tiny things, here’s the short answer as to why clothes are made for a certain body type in the mainstream. Ready? It’s a revolutionary theory. It’s just easier and cost effective in production. There are designers, more so the Europeans, who have banned the boney aesthetic on runways. Vivienne Westwood once used Playmates.