So, this is a person with a blog. Judging from her many sponsors — the main one is BlogHer — and commenters, her blog is fairly popular.
She would like a “bikini body” in time for summer here in the Northern Hemisphere. If the magazines that assault me when I’m at Duane Reade stocking up on jelly beans and popcorn are any indication, this desire is shared by many.
For this blogger, that means:
…I need to be skinny, like, yesterday.
I know, I know…it’s “politically correct” to say I “want to be healthy.”
Eff that. I want to be effing skinny.
She will accomplish this via:
One protein shake, three times a day.
Solid food will not touch my lips for at least an entire month, if not more.
RIght? I damn near choked on my cold egg roll.
I have maybe a few things to say about this.
- There is a much quicker way to get a bikini body: obtain a bikini, and put in on your body. The end.
- I’m really excited to see that BlogHer, champion for women, gives their imprimatur to this kind of incredibly helpful web content.
I guess I’m suppose to clap my hands and thank her for admitting what all women are really thinking… except, we’re not all really thinking that, and writing about your need to conform to a damaging set of beauty stereotypes without offering a whit of critical analysis is not so much helpful.
Unless the photos accompanying the post are aspirational photos of someone else, this person is already thin and conventionally attractive. Is it easier for her to starve her way into a smaller bikini and use the ensuing male approval to boost her self-esteem, skirting the need to dig into why she feels inadequate in the first place? Sure. Can she write about whatever the hell she wants on her blog? But of course.
But I don’t have to cheer for the “honesty.”