There is an article in the Washington Post, published a few days ago, with the headline:
Women’s greatest threat isn’t misogyny, it’s counting calories. The modern feminist movement is losing because of our obsession with weight.
I have a qualm.
The author correctly states that “We can’t close gender gaps when we spend endless hours counting calories instead of cracking glass ceilings.” True! There are a great many non-essential, frivolous, or even outright harmful pursuits that suck up time, energy, and money that women could be more profitably using to make hay in the world.
What I would like someone to explain to me — and to the editor who wrote the headlines for the piece — is how encouraging weight obsession and body dysmoprhia is not misogyny. Perhaps I am just a strident feminazi who sees woman-hating lurking around every corner*, but I’m fairly certain women do not make the choices we do in a magical land free of the taints of patriarchy.
“Hmm, I could spend the afternoon working on my application for this prestigious fellowship that has never been awarded to a woman, or I could vomit up my lunch and then spend three hours on the treadmill. Two legitimate choices that I’m able to consider in the complete absence of a larger cultural context!” thought no woman ever. But thanks for making it seem like we do, Editor Who Is Dissatisfied With Current Clickthrough Rates.
Clickbait, thy name is Washington Post Headline. If this is the quality of thought in the “modern feminist movement” (which one, exactly?), then I’m not surprised to hear that it’s losing. This column deserved better, and so do women.
*Spoiler alert: I totally am! Because I live, you know, in the world.