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Fit is a feminist issue, link round up #3

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It is less often discussed, but Disney also exerts body pressure on boys, stressing a fit and chiseled physique as the true way to convey a heroic masculinity and attract women. It’s wrong to assume this creates less pressure on young boys in movie theater audiences than their female counterparts — especially when studies show anorexia is often under-diagnosed in male patients because it is considered a “feminine” disorder..

  • Belly dance your way to a more positive image: “Looking at a magazine cover featuring a model with toned abs, a slim waist, and curvy hips, then taking a look in the mirror, could be very discouraging for most women, but belly dancing is one way to change that. The exercise is sexy, fun, and according to a new study conducted by Australian researchers, it will improve your body image. The study was led by Marika Tiggermann of the psychology department at Flinders University, Southern Australia. Tiggermann and researchers found that in Western countries, more women than men were dissatisfied with their bodies. They concluded that the ideal thin woman is an international phenomenon, largely due to globalization of Western media.”
  • The What’s Underneath Project: “We’ve asked a select group of individuals to participate in a project in which they will remove their clothes to honor how style is not the clothes you wear, it is comfort in your skin, it is your spirit, it is What’s Underneath.”

We asked model Chloe Nørgaard to be a part of the What’s Underneath Project because in an industry bursting with button-up pretension and real-life (and un-ironic) Zoolanders, Chloe is a down-to-earth Burning-Man rebel with rainbow hair, a see-through camisole, and denim ripped to the nines. When agencies told her to dress in such-and-such a way (and, of course, to lose weight), Chloe said, “Fuck it, I’m dying my hair blue.” Today, colored hair is ubiquitous. We love how Chloe eludes the derogatory stereotypes surrounding modeling by telling people that she’s a gynecologist or librarian. For WU, she bravely reveals her “on-and-off relationship” with her small chest, adding, “It’s funny, I probably only have an issue with my boobs because of the magazines. If there wasn’t any of that, I probably would’ve never had that thought. Thank God it didn’t stick. Now, I just don’t like to wear bras.” Deconstructing twisted beauty norms is one of WU’s primary aims. Thank you, Chloe, for standing outside of the pack and creating your own kind of beautiful.

“Everything is photoshopped. As a young girl, or a young boy, you go through enough shit. If you’re made to believe that looks are really important then you miss out on working on some of the things that are way more important…. I got jumped my first week of high school. Some guy said that I was hot and a girl that was in love with him heard it. I was walking out of the lunch room and she just jumped on me from behind and started to pull my hair and punch me. I didn’t even know the guy…. I hate to say I’m a model. When people ask what I do, I tell them I’m a gynecologist or a librarian. I feel like once you say you’re a model people are like, ‘Oh… ok,’ and then they go away…. In the beginning, my agencies told me I had to dress more like this or lose weight. I just never listened. I was like, ‘Fuck it; I’m dying my hair blue.’ The agencies thought I lost my mind…. I’ll get attention because of my hair or how I’m dressed when I just want to hide and not be out there…. I’m on and off with my boobs. Sometimes I love them and sometimes I wish they could be a bit bigger. In 8th grade, I would get padded bras because all of the girls in magazines had boobs. It’s funny, I probably only have an issue with my boobs because of media. If there wasn’t any of that, I probably would’ve never had that thought. Thank God it didn’t stick. Now, I just don’t like to wear bras…. In Japan, they’d weigh the girls everyday. If they had gone up, they wouldn’t get pocket money so that they couldn’t get food for the week… I used to want the stick legs, but it was just impossible. My body isn’t built that way. I can’t just eat carrots, that would drive me crazy…. I don’t like having a lot of makeup on my face. At shoots, they alway say, ‘We’re going to do natural.’ But natural just means no crazy eye shadow; you still have a shit ton of concealer…. My body is where I feel warm and comfy. Seeing is one of my favorite senses, and I like what I see.”

3 thoughts on “Fit is a feminist issue, link round up #3

  1. The Real Women, Real Bodies link goes to an older post of yours on why gender specific anything is a bad idea. I don’t think that’s where you were trying to direct us…

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