VOICES: Curves don't make you

Ellie Mullan

Ellie Mullan

First published in News

THE popular catchphrase ‘real women have curves’ is possibly one of the most irritating and alienating expressions, by Ellie Mullan, aged 17.

The term devalues the less curvaceous females among us. Ironically, and rather hypocritically, the term was coined by those who didn’t comply with the media imposed ‘skinny’ image.

A term which first started in order to build someone’s self-confidence is now beginning to have the opposite effect.

While it may have started as a catchphrase to dissuade innocent women from the horrors of an eating disorder, it’s now beginning to be used to make ‘normal women’ feel superior to others for not wearing size 8 jeans.

To a certain extent, this is a positive movement, and yet the term is also couched in such wishy-washy language that has consequently created a new pariah: the ‘unreal women’.

This ‘curvy women’ movement should not be regarded as a negative one, by celebrating women who are not stick thin models helps those who identify with this body shape to feel self-empowered.

However, what of those who do not? The naturally thin, the athletic, and a whole range of others are alienated by this ‘curvy’ ideal.

Whether they are built like Miranda Kerr or Adele, young people should be told they are beautiful.

All women’s figures should be celebrated, not just a select minority.

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9:48am Sun 16 Feb 14

JamesYoung says...

I just don't get this idea that women's bodies should be "celebrated", whatever shape they are?
I just don't get this idea that women's bodies should be "celebrated", whatever shape they are? JamesYoung
  • Score: 5

9:06pm Sun 16 Feb 14

David_divenghy2 says...

JamesYoung wrote:
I just don't get this idea that women's bodies should be "celebrated", whatever shape they are?
Self entitlement, narcissism, an excuse for the lazy and obese? take your pick. It's like when they say, "boy's must be told to respect all women" Why? Should they respect Mira Hindley, the fat drunk chav puking up on the seafront pavement ? The celebration of something or respect of it is earned, not bestowed because of gender, only in their world is this not so.
[quote][p][bold]JamesYoung[/bold] wrote: I just don't get this idea that women's bodies should be "celebrated", whatever shape they are?[/p][/quote]Self entitlement, narcissism, an excuse for the lazy and obese? take your pick. It's like when they say, "boy's must be told to respect all women" Why? Should they respect Mira Hindley, the fat drunk chav puking up on the seafront pavement ? The celebration of something or respect of it is earned, not bestowed because of gender, only in their world is this not so. David_divenghy2
  • Score: 7

9:31pm Sun 16 Feb 14

David_divenghy2 says...

On that note, how come these women don't want to celebrate Fat men with beer belly's? For them of course there be plenty of shaming language and social rejection. Yes like so many things, somehow when it is men on the receiving end, it 'is okay, nobody cares?

So Yes, lets celebrate Bernard manning's bulge, Eric Pickles tiny face shall we? No? Nah Me neither, but then for the same reasons I will not celebrate women who need to put cream in certain places to stop them getting sores or catching fire when they walk because they eat too many pies.

There is nothing to celebrate in that regardless of any P.C self validating bilge.
On that note, how come these women don't want to celebrate Fat men with beer belly's? For them of course there be plenty of shaming language and social rejection. Yes like so many things, somehow when it is men on the receiving end, it 'is okay, nobody cares? So Yes, lets celebrate Bernard manning's bulge, Eric Pickles tiny face shall we? No? Nah Me neither, but then for the same reasons I will not celebrate women who need to put cream in certain places to stop them getting sores or catching fire when they walk because they eat too many pies. There is nothing to celebrate in that regardless of any P.C self validating bilge. David_divenghy2
  • Score: 6

9:55am Mon 17 Feb 14

woodsedge says...

JamesYoung wrote:
I just don't get this idea that women's bodies should be "celebrated", whatever shape they are?
I agree with you James although I would add that I was raised to treat women with respect. I would add that in modern Britain that is not generally possible mainly due to some women not earning that respect because, like some men, they do not earn it. It is a shame that yet again another thread where adults could have a sensible debate has been hijacked by DD and his poison rambling's. He does not seem capable of debating any issue without adding his misogynistic spew. Should fit in well with UKIP!
[quote][p][bold]JamesYoung[/bold] wrote: I just don't get this idea that women's bodies should be "celebrated", whatever shape they are?[/p][/quote]I agree with you James although I would add that I was raised to treat women with respect. I would add that in modern Britain that is not generally possible mainly due to some women not earning that respect because, like some men, they do not earn it. It is a shame that yet again another thread where adults could have a sensible debate has been hijacked by DD and his poison rambling's. He does not seem capable of debating any issue without adding his misogynistic spew. Should fit in well with UKIP! woodsedge
  • Score: 1

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