Wednesday, March 19, 2008

A Big Fat Double Standard.

It's not enough to be glamourous. It's not enough to be intelligent. It's not enough to be good at your job. It's not enough to be of good character. It's not enough to be beautiful. It's not enough to be a success. It's not enough to be a mother. It's not enough to be happily married. It's not enough to be respected. It's not enought to be funny and articulate. It's not enough to be human.
Nope, it's just not enough, not if you're a woman.

Observe, from quality paper, The Sun.

"SEXY cook Nigella Lawson has got TV chiefs in a fluster — because her bum has got TOO BIG.

US directors are now avoiding shots of curvy Nigella’s voluptuous rear end, a paper claims.

The New York Post said: “Our spies at the Food Network say Nigella has way overeaten.

“The result is a butt like a horse.

“Her director is now doing back flips to not show her below the waist.”

Yep, she's got a 'butt' like a horse. Not like the slender Mario Batali, or the elf like Emiril 'Bam' Lagasse, or even that most skeletal of all chefs, Marco Pierre White. I mean, how dare she get older. How dare she eat her own delicious food? How very dare she? Doesn't she know she must be a slender nymph? Doesn't she understand her worth is tied up in her figure? After all she is a chef, a public chef. Why she ought to be ashamed. Forget all the other things I mentioned, her 'butt' is getting bigger. The flaming cheek of her!
I'm going off to the gym now. Things will get kicked.



Anonymous Jake said...

Nigella Lawson is labeled sexy purely because of her butt in my dads eyes. He has always said (in a nice way) something to get a grip of.

9:09 a.m.  
Anonymous Primal Sneeze said...

She should rear up on them.

9:10 a.m.  
Blogger Sinéad said...

Nigella Lawson could have an ass the size of the moon and I'd STILL think she was sexy.

9:34 a.m.  
Anonymous sheepworrier said...

I like big butts and I can not lie...

10:22 a.m.  
Anonymous The Bad Ambassador said...

Nigella is sexy as...Its all in the voice and the way she seductively sticks her finger in the sauce then pops it in her mouth to taste it.

Nobody will ever convince me that she isn't completely aware of what she is doing - and more power to her.

Of course if Anthony Worrall Thompson did the same, it would be decidedly unsexy.

10:34 a.m.  
Blogger Andraste said...

The fucking double standard kills me.

You never hear those fat bastard chefs getting ANY criticism of their weight, and that Mario Batali especially is a disgusting slob.

11:27 a.m.  
Blogger Rusticissimus maximus said...

I wonder if it has anything to do with her always being made to sample her food on air 'sexily' in the past. You know, how she'd always bend over to have a bite out of a tart, or a spoon full of soup...and her cleavage would be revealed in its near entirety...hmmm.

Maybe her director's "masterplan" doesn't seem so ingenious to him now.

11:33 a.m.  
Blogger Conan Drumm said...

I bet if they shot a programme just showing Nigella's bum as she talked her way through preparing a meal they would get millions of viewers. Probably more than they get right now.

If they did the same with Gordon Ramsey very few would watch it. Nigella is absolutely gorgeous.

11:38 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Her tv shows make me hungry, and I have to be honest, most cookery show do not. Plus I think she is absolutely stunning and a real lady.

12:53 p.m.  
Blogger Dr. James McInerney said...

I guess my comment is: Who are the people with the double standards? The director is presumably trying to make a program that will sell and make him/her lots of dosh and so is pandering to a load of market research. Therefore, are the double standards to be found with the viewers? The people that might turn off if she has a butt that is thought to be too big? And indeed, I'm thinking the majority of the viewers that they are trying to get are women (I don't know, I haven't ever watched a programme she has made), so is it women that have these double standards?

My feeling is that women are as likely to have these double standards about how other women look as men are. You know - hugely critical of a woman with a big ass doing the cooking and not giving a fig about a hairy unkempt slob of a man when he is doing the cooking.

1:03 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I'm laying this one on the Industry. hey can still sell their show with the gorgeous Nigella, her ass should not be a worry.

1:10 p.m.  
Anonymous nonny said...

Imagine how the poor lady feels, talking about her like a piece of meat, I mean a horses arse for the love of God. I don’t know how she still works for them, if that was me I’d cry my eyes out and run off.

1:34 p.m.  
Blogger Twenty Major said...

Maybe it's just me but I can't look at her without thinking of her father, then thinking of her father on Spitting Image and she becomes about as sexy as a turd in a bikini.

1:38 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

It's probably just you and your unnatural fear of puppets.
Nonny, I hope she takes their money and rises totally above it.

1:41 p.m.  
Anonymous nonny said...

yes that would probably make much more sense.

2:07 p.m.  
Blogger Medbh said...

James, we live in a state of compulsory femininity for women. Women who police other women by these standards, saying they're too fat, not pretty enough, etc. get bonus points for keeping other women in line and thereby showing their own complicity with patriarchal standards for women's beauty.
We've also internalized all the bullshit that tells us we have to be skinny, this that and the other. The worst thing a woman can do is put on weight. Then it's like she's even more of a sub-human.

2:08 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have seen Nigella in the flesh -she was doing a food promotion in Selfridges Store - in real life she is quite tiny, approx 5'2" or therebouts and curvy boobs but tiny, tiny waist, and much prettier than on t.v. She looked like a doll - and not in the least bit overweight. I think tv ads a lot of poundage, and especially to small people. I love seeing celebs in the flesh, they area almost always much smaller!

2:46 p.m.  
Anonymous Shebah said...

Sorry, FMC, that anonymous was me!

2:46 p.m.  
Anonymous Sam, Problemchildbride said...

She will rise above it - she has the personality and the class to do it. In fact I hope she adds a few more inches to her arse if she feels like it.

The woman is gorgeous, talented and successful in her own right - and highly watchable by both sexes, no matter what size her bum is. Her producers are out of their minds to think a rounder ass can change that.

Not that it matters but most men I know think some meat on a bum is sexier than a skinny one. Medbh's right - women care more about this stuff than men and we let ourselves down in doing so.

3:02 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Shebah! That is so true. When I saw Bono the first time I nearly died laughing at the little elf. Also Gabriel Byrne is winchy.

Sam, we do don't we? I'm guilty of it sometimes all though I try not to comment on stars and their weight because unless it's terrifying, like Nicole Ritchie that time when she was a twig, but I really don't get the endless fascination. Like when you go to the hairdressers and every other magazine has 'best beach bodies' or 'guess the cellulite?!' or some fucking crap splashed all over the covers and who buys these rags but women. There's no escape. Best diet, best detox, best weight loss programme, secret to their weighloss, it's bloody endless.
Nigella looks like a happy healthy beautiful woman to me, with all her curves in the right places. Fuck them and their 'butts'.

3:12 p.m.  
Anonymous nonny said...

Off course you would be offended initially but then you’d build a wall and get over it. She probably has the good sense to laugh at them. The media are terrible but some people are just so gullible, they need a good kick in the arse for themselves. Them little weight loss troupers freak me out, like when your trying to eat your breakfast and there like, “O my God are you going to put real milk on your porridge” or “O no don’t eat that it has 376 million weight watchers points” or my personal favourite, “No I’m, not eating that cause I’m going out Saturday and want to have a Big Mac”. Apparently there are 19 points in a Big Mac. I hate them people not because they diet just because they believe the shite the read. I'm goint to Eddie Rockets to eat garlic and cheese fries and garlic mushrooms and possibly a fudge brownie. All hail the tubosaurus within.

3:30 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Not that I'm a big eater of fast food, but I can't imagine even knowing the points or my daily diet. ( I just finished off a bag of sugar snap peas, that was super fast food!)
As a cheese hound and toast worshipper I'm probably better off not knowing anyway.
Everyone knows real butter is 1 million times better for them than Flora or any other type of margarine, right? Right?

3:36 p.m.  
Anonymous nonny said...

Right you are indeed. As is salt real salt and not that shit my mother tries to make me buy. I'm glad I am not alone. What is it the good people at the top say, you can never have enough sex, salt and butter (not at once I'd imagine but each to their own eh).

I'm off, happy Wednesday to one and all!

3:47 p.m.  
Anonymous Shebah said...

Nonny, combining can be good, after all the belly button is a natural place to hold the salt when you are eating buttery chips during sex! And I believe the late Marlon Brando once made some good sexy use of butter. Har!

4:18 p.m.  
Blogger Kim Ayres said...

I started watching the new Delia series, but she's no Nigella substitute

4:32 p.m.  
Anonymous Betty said...

Ack ! These body fascists are FOOLS! Nigella is fabulously voluptous. Have to agree with Medbh and Sam though, so many of us women have really drunk the Kool Aid on this one. Food monitors, those women who do the running commentary thing while you're happily tucking into something, while secretly coveting themselves, drive me bonkers!

4:49 p.m.  
Anonymous Betty said...

coveting ''it'' themselves, I meant!

4:52 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I haven't seen he new Delia series, but I read something in the papers that she's utilising packets and ready made sauces and what not. Sound like student cooking to me.

Betty, we shall over come. I shall over come by eating mashed potato with butter in exactly one hour from now. Yummy.

5:06 p.m.  
Blogger Medbh said...

Sheba, that scene with the butter made my blood curdle. He anally raped a young woman with butter for lube in "Last Tango in Paris."
It made me feel stabby.

6:33 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I have never seen that film, but by all accounts and from everything I've heard about it, that might well be a good thing.

7:07 p.m.  
Anonymous laughykate said...

It's all in the eye of the beholder. I have an old friend who lives in Atlanta and she's an absolute knockout - and pretty oblivious to the way she looks. One evening her and her husband were going out they walked passed an enormous line of people waiting to see a hip hop concert. She kind of attracts attention, and they said there there was a bit of an uneasy silence as they walked by as it wasn't their 'hood, by any stretch of the imagination. Then they heard as they'd just walked passed, 'SHE AIN'T GOT NO BOOTY!'

Nigella, she got booty!

10:01 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

See! We can't win. Knock out face no booty, All booty bad too. Although I agree Nigella got booty. Plenty of junk in that woman's fabulous trunk.

11:03 p.m.  
Anonymous nonny said...

Didn’t your woman who played his lover come out at some stage and say she felt raped shooting that scene and really cried whilst doing it? I could be making that up now but I remember something about it. Marlon Brando must have been a little perve.

9:52 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Her ass is sexy guys like big asses nowadays, people are jealous send her to me I'd have her all night I'm sure shed like it to cos once you go black you in a wheel chair!

1:20 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its a double standard. People claim that big botties are appealing (ie: JLo, Kardashian, Minaj ect) and yet women make fun of everyday people who are well- endowed in the rump. Yet it must be these flat bottomed gals who go out and buy the 'butt pads'. Its crazy that large booties are frowned down upon, yet underwear that have padding is on the market.

9:12 p.m.  
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