Girls With Nice Personalities

“Girls with nice personalities” were apparently having the best week ever. Included in the category of “girls with nice personalities” was Jennifer Hudson, Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning actress from Dreamgirls, the two “plus-sized” contestants on America’s Next Top Model (Whitney and Diana), and the young women who were purged from Delta Zeta at DePauw.

Notice a trend here? “Girls with nice personalities” are also “overweight.” I put “overweight” in quotation marks, because I’m not buying for one second, that being above a size 10 or 12 or 14 makes a woman overweight. In fact, most of the women I know wear a size 10 or above, and I know that everytime I go to buy clothes, the 12s, 14s, and 16s are always gone, leaving behind the 0s, 2s, 4s, and 6s. Whatever your body type, whatever size jeans you wear is fine, but a 10 or above is hardly cause for alarm.

There’s a nasty little implication – actually, “Best Week Ever” came straight out and said it – here that girls who are a size 10 or above are automatically physically unattractive, and therefore, only have their personalities to go on. And because of that, “girls with nice personalities” are supposedly desperate and quicker to “put out.”

Now, of course, “Best Week Ever” could have been tongue-in-cheek, but I’m thinking not. And if they were serious about “girls with nice personalities” having the best week ever, what does that say about the progress (or lack thereof) that we’ve made regarding views on body image and beauty?



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