Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Size zero and the morons that buy into it.

Now I wrote about this some time ago, October 20th to be precise, I called that post The Emperor's New Clothes, you know, in case anyone needs to borrow it.
Anyhoo. Squeaking in slightly horrified mirth at the tini-tiny clothing and wondering aloud what in God's name it was all about I remember laughing at the stupidity of it all and going about my business of eating and not fainting from hunger. I decided I rather like having breasts and a backside. It's important to me. It seems very important to the paramour.
So all good then.
Yesterday I picked up the Sunday Review from the Times and my eyes fell on-well to be honest my eyes were almost seared straight out of my head by that disgusting photo of Nicole Ritchie running on a beach in a blue bikini last year, you know the one, where she looks like she's fleeing a concentration camp.
But then mine eyes did see,
'My 6-week journey to the land of the Thin,' (they have their own land now? Who knew?) and check out the byline, ' What does it take for a normal woman to achieve size zero? In this graphic account of extreme dieting Kate Spicer reveals the revolting cost.'
Yep, so revolting Kate Spicer appears in her smalls showing off said new figure.
To save you from reading it all, let me condense it for you.
Healthy girl does really stupid diet. Loses weight by not eating very much at all, gets grumpy, feels unwell, chainsmokes, takes laxatives, abuses body, gets grumpier and teary, continues to not eat very much at all, ignores medical advice, gets grumpier still, becomes very unhappy, continues to abuse self, sticks fingers down throat, reaches week six, feels miserable and a failure-she says- while also bleating that she is a whole stone lighter. Writes article, poses in underwear, gets TV show, enrages fatcat reader.

Next! Move it along, nothing to see here. This schtick has been done to death.
Haven't we already had Louise Rednapp wasting away before our eyes on a television show called 'The truth about size Zero.' Was there not some other gal on in February munching her way miserably through a cabbage soup and laxative diet?
Who is this crap for exactly?
Spicer says at one point, 'Almost all women want to be thinner' This might be true, maybe we do, but you know what, most women I know don't want to be sick, they don't want to be miserable, they don't want to faint and have enemas, they don't want to be so obsessed with whether or not they lost that extra half pound that they cry, they don't want stick thin-bobble headed stars who look like they might snap in the wind to be held up as the 'ideal'.
This kind of article makes me want to hurl-but I won't because I liked my breakfast which was toast and-shock horror-cheese and ham spread. At no point does Spicer sound scathing about the situation she find herself in, at no point does she utterly decry the 'diet' as ridiculous. One senses in fact that she is rather impressed with herself and her determination. This journalist has just bought straight into the whole bloody game without even realising it.
And thanks for the glorious gleaned information on how to get to size zero. Who whould have thunk it? Not eating makes you super skinny! Taking laxatives makes you shit more. WOW! Thank you Kate Spicer, for your Herculean effort to debunk the revolting myth that starving yourself won't affect you at all.
Oh now, wait, hold up. That's not right now is it?
Give me a bloody break here. Is this supposed to be journalisim? This is news? This is even interesting? What does it take for a normal woman to live a normal life and not cry and not vomit? Why, not very much at all.
People starving themselves to death when perfectly good food is available, whether it be for fashion, meedja, or sheer stupidity, I"M AGAINST IT!

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51 Comments:

Anonymous Primal Sneeze said...

... photo of Nicole Ritchie ... she looks like she's fleeing a concentration camp.

Brilliant! Killer line! I might use that myself.

But I'll ask you first, FMC ;o)

11:23 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Why, thank you foir asking. So nice when folk ask. Please, be my guest.

11:24 a.m.  
Blogger The Swearing Lady said...

Hmm. I think Kate Spicer was pointing out how easily she fell for the "thin lifestyle" and how strangely seductive it was... she seemed to get hypnotised by what she was doing without noticing it, almost.

I don't think she made it sound at all glamorous.

But you're right. DONE TO DEATH. Surely we all know that starving yourself is miserable? Why, I haven't eaten in an hour and I'm bawling as I type.

12:15 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I'm sick of reading about it, sick of seeing it and sick to the back teeth of people thinking a highly visible clavicle is the height of sexy.
You can be sure that there were women reading it going, 'um, sounds kinda bad, but she lost a whole stone!'
Blah. Pass me the pasta.

12:22 p.m.  
Blogger Kav said...

Tits and arse! Something to grab a hould of! That's what I want. Few things repulse me more than the sight of these taut-skinned skanks.

12:53 p.m.  
Anonymous Conor said...

Unfortunately for me, I've been seduced by this whole fat lifestyle. I'm trying to crash-eat but no matter what I do, I only add a pound a week. What am I doing wrong?

What I find funny about all this eye-searing ugliness is that a kids comic (2000 AD) had a long story-line about Judge Dredd trying to stamp out the craze of getting plastic surgery to uglify yourself in 1979! The bloody thing is actually coming true.

1:06 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Conor what you need to do is write an article about how eating loads of food is making you heavy, post before and after pictures and don't forget to sound really upset about your revolting trip into fatland.
I think I might write some article about drug use. Naturally-to make it authentic- I'm going to take heroin and become an adict for a couple of weeks. I too will take photos, the one where I'm scagged off my box should really strike home how upset I am about my revolting trip into drugland.

1:26 p.m.  
Blogger John Mc said...

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2:44 p.m.  
Blogger John Mc said...

Breasts and bottoms, mmmmm, me like.

It seems there is no distinction between being fit, (healthy and in good shape with healthy fat to body ratio and muscles that can actually lift something, or play a sport), and being disgustingly skinny. I would much prefer healthy fit women who could give me a run for my money on my bike, or on a surfboard to some skinny waif. Sporty women are very sexy! That old butch stereotype about sporty women is so over.

2:47 p.m.  
Blogger Andraste said...

It's mental illness, nothing less.

The psychology of this stuff is so fucked up. I've dieted - back in high school when I decided I would prefer to be built like Chrissie Hynde (you know, no hips, no tits) I ate 1,000 calories a day for about three weeks, and of course at that age that's all it takes to lose a LOT of weight. People kept telling me I was losing lots of weight and "looking GREAT!" but when I looked in the mirror - I still saw the fat...the fat that wasn't even THERE anymore. Kind of a phantom limb thing.

If it weren't for beer, I'd have wasted away to nothing.

2:50 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Unless of course you're Don Imus, then sporty women are 'nappy-headed hos'.

2:51 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Argh, missus, we crossed. Ah beer, the backbone of any good diet.

2:52 p.m.  
Anonymous Shebah said...

I read this article, and there were lots of mixed messages...how her friends thought she looked at her best thin, how clothes looked so great etc. etc. I confess, with face of shame, that I googled the red carpet maple syrup diet drink (which I had never heard of before) .....with no intention whatsoever of ever indulging.......honest, I swear......ach, the power of the media.

4:45 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Shebah! Say it ain't so.

5:12 p.m.  
Anonymous Shebah said...

There is a whole page of recipes in Google, I was gobsmacked.....but Nicole Ritchie, poor thing - what can she think when she looks in the mirror? The skeletal cadaver look is so, so ugly. Imagine trying to hug her. Apparently she used to be quite curvy until a journalist published a piece calling her porky.

5:27 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

When she came off the smack (drugland) she put up a whole load of weight (fatland) but then she hired that freak Zoe whatsherleatherface to be her stylist, next thing you know the pounds literally slid off her (thinland) But now that she's going out with Joel Madden (rockland) who used to date Hilary Duff (teenland) she seems to be climbing slowly back to a more healthy looking weight, just in time to hook up with Paris Hilton (trashland)for a new show (hollywood).

5:35 p.m.  
Blogger Sam, Problem-Child-Bride said...

I don't think it's about being or getting fat or thin in any absolute sense. I think it's just a matter of self-esteem. That's hardly an original thought but some unhappy people eat too much, some eat too little. Sure we'd all like to lose or gain a few pounds but that's fine because we're not going to completely unbalance our lives and priorities to get there. People who do make themselves ill through the extremes of over or under-eating are so chronically lacking in self-esteem that any hope of balance in their lives is shot. Young girls who are often particularly vulnerable to criticism are drawn into seductive power struggles within their own minds and bodies. What can you do? Give them something else to care about: something that is important to them like riding or sports or art or music or anything. Show them how throwing their eating out of balance will affect their ability to do the thing they love because shouting at them won't work. Take the shame out of being fat or thin because we all wear it differently in any case. Some people look better thinner, some people look better with some more meat on their bones. Nicole Ritchie looks terrible to most people but she's got to find something else to occupy her thoughts rather than her shape. Who cares what shape people are, as long as it doesn't occupy so much of their attention that everyday meals become horrifying emotional events.

Nicole Ritche needs a burger, but there's no point giving her that if she's overthunk the burger and already morphed it into thigh flesh. It might have started out with an attitude with her - I wanna be thinner - but it looks like it's some kind of a mental pathology now. Anyone who makes their body go to extremes of skinny or fat needs to be told to think less about food, not more. They should be talking and thinking of something else that's interesting to them - help occupy their minds with something else, never even mention food, and the balance will return.

7:01 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Regardless of whether Nicole Ritchie needs a burger/psychiatric help, journalists, especially young female journalists, need to quit waffling on about size zero as if it's a new phenomenon. It ain't, sure you can do slim down, so can we all, but it ain't new and it ain't that bloomin' interesting.
Zero? What the hell is that anyway? You're still a bloody size. It's a load of balls. Slender wan sickly balls.

7:39 p.m.  
Blogger Sam, Problem-Child-Bride said...

The journalist in question should do an exploratory piece on "The Life Of The Plagiarizing Journalist: How Can They Face Themselves After a Splurge?" I know someone she could shadow.

8:30 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Snarf.

8:49 p.m.  
Blogger Face said...

Lol, I just had a look at that Twenty Major entry about the Sindo article and whatnot. I want to know when that lady person gets fried, and how hot the fire was. Will you tellus?

8:15 a.m.  
Anonymous Jimmy Page's Trousers said...

Dozy, skinny people starving themselves? I'm against it.
Cheese and Ham Spread? Blaaawk. I'm against it.
Breasts and backsides? I'm in favour.

8:37 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I doubt anything will happen Face, I don't really give a shit about anyone using anything I write if they just say, 'from fatmammycat' at the start of it, but as I have seen from all the comments yesterday, nicking stuff seems to be endemic. It was funny though, to see how blatant it was.
Jimmy, damn straight.

11:38 a.m.  
Anonymous P1P said...

great, so she has stinky, vomit breath and is so thin she would snap. Is this attractive? I'm a doubter.

4:02 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Don't forget the mood swings and the crying, you know the stuff men REALLY enjoy.

8:27 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think some of these comments about skinny women starving themselves, ignoring doctors advice and abusing their bodies are generalised and insulting. I (like many women)have always been very slim. I eat plenty (and I'm not talking lettuce), have never been on a diet and can't help not having substantial 'boobs and butt'. Regardless of people constantly slating skinny women and taunting our shape or lack thereof, I like how I look. Women come in all shapes and sizes. In terms of 'abusing their bodies', there are many more obese people in the US and UK than seriously underweight people. Childhood obesity rates are growing exponentially. The fact is, obesity presents a much greater national health threat than 'size zero' models and the images they project. Any individual with an unhealthy BMI -too high or too low -can thus be said to be 'abusing their body'. I accept that the fashion industry portrays unrealistic ideals to young women but quite frankly, insulting and making a mockery of all skinny women in this manner is unfair, insensitive and lacks real objectivity. I reiterate..women come in all shapes and sizes.

6:44 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

WE know they do, that's why we mock folk who slim down to a zero and waffle on about it like it's a cool thing.

8:17 p.m.  
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