Author: Saleta A. I.
A few months ago I was discussing with a friend about the last season of HBO's series 'Girls'. We both agreed that this season had lost its magic. He was arguing he couldn't put up with one more scene about the naked chubby body of Hannah Horvath (Lena Dunham's character), when I realised we weren't actually talking about fiction: we were having an argument about aesthetics and obesity. He doesn´t like Dunhams's breast 'not because of her being fat, but because her boobs aren't pretty', he said. But I've never heard him complaining about any tit he could ever seen in Game of Thrones. Later we talked about and celebrated the success of Uncut Girls Club, an Ethiopian initiative against female genital mutilation. It's not my intention to establish any comparison with violence against women in Africa, however it's clearly contradictory how our society understands physical aggressions as the crime they are, but justifies a natural way of disapproval towards the obese.
When some pictures of Scarlett Johansson's film 'Under the skin' were published and despite she isn't fat, she appeared completely naked, she was criticised for having curves. Judging someone according to the so-called 'lack of aesthetic' of being fat is not considered mean in terms of discrimination. Any erotic scene is commonly rejected if it isn´t about thin people, yet Rubens's paintings are still admired by the same people with this kind of prejudices.
Overweight can be unhealthy, of course, but mostly of pressure is against anybody with some extra kilos, without taking into account health risks. I'd like to mention here the famous Truffle Shuffle Chunk's dance on the film 'The Goonies'. It´s difficult to see fat people like heroes in cinema or TV, in fact they usually have to play the funny, clumsy or lovable nerd stereotype. As every year, the spring heat will arrive... and you know what? Whether you like it or not, I'm getting ready to show my tummy rolls. The cult of thinness is not my cup of tea!
"A culture fixated on female thinness is not an obsession about female beauty, but an obsession about female obedience. Dieting is the most potent political sedative in women's history; a quietly mad population is a tractable one." Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty are Used Against Women