I got an email from Apple Computers last night promoting their new iMac computer. The tag line?
Before, the saying was "You can never be too rich or too thin." Now thin is equated with "power." How interesting that choice of words is. I know the ad person meant it to literally mean "powerful computer." Which is fine. I like powerful computers too. But thin=powerful.
Rich people generally are more powerful than poor people. There is such a thing as economic oppression, and it's blatant and horrific. Even in the good ol' US of A.
The "South Beach Diet." Rich people live on South Beach.
There's also a book called "Rich women don't get fat."
There is also a strong correlation between obesity levels and poverty. This probably explains many of the health risks associated with obesity. It's not obesity, you idiots. It's sub-optimal health care, stress, etc.
But thin and powerful. How many fat people do you know that are the heads of Fortune 500 companies? How many fat women? None. When you think of a female executive, do you picture a fat woman? Bet not. Even Hillary Clinton is making self-deprecating jokes about her weight, how she worries about it "just like everyone else." I know that was probably a political move to make her seem like she IS just like everyone else. But frankly, I don't want the president of our country worrying about her (or his) waistline above other, more pressing issues.
I've read quite a few books on feminist perspectives on eating disorders. While I agree that dieting is a feminist issue, I also believe in the biological basis of eating disorders. However, many people with AN feel "powerful" when they diet. Powerful that they can lose weight and so many others can't. That they can do without food. That they can exercise for so long on so few calories. Most people today think that. It's not hard to see where that idea got picked up. Don't be lazy, child- go exercise.
But anorexia divests a person of all power. You can't even feed yourself. I needed someone to step in and help do that for me. So is thin really powerful?
And yes, Steve Jobs, you can be too thin. And too powerful. And too stupid.