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Bodies Under Scrutiny Standing Together

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"Anorexia is a prison camp. One fifth of well-educated American young women are inmates. Susie Orbach compared anorexia to the hunger strikes of political prisoners, particularly the suffragists. But the time for metaphors is behind us. To be anorexic or bulimic is to be a political prisoner."

"Women must claim anorexia as political damage done to us by a social order that considers our destruction insignificant because of what we are-less. We should identify it as Jews identify the death camps, as homosexuals identify AIDS: as a disgrace that is not our own, but that of an inhumane social order."
---Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth

"One in five is a sad, staggering number--One in four women has been raped. There are a lot of horrible statistics to spout off, but saying 'One in five women suffers from a wasting ED' isn't going to change the fact that one in five women suffers from a wasting ED.

"Before we say that society has done this to us, we need to look at what we've done to fix it. Have we corrected our teachers who tell us that all anorexics are medically underweight? Have we boycotted movies with cast or crew that promote the emaciated "ideal woman"? Have we explained to our friends that women with the bodies of twelve year old boys or fifty year old mummies aren't sexy?

"To lay the blame at the feet of society--not to say at least some of it isn't the media--is to depower ourselves. We all have voices, and we all have experiences. Why is it a mark of beauty to look anorexic, but a mark of shame to be anorexic? Bulimic? So many of [those suffering from an eating disorder] claim that it isn't about food, that it's about control. Why should we give up the control we say we want, when the control is over something so close to us?"
---lilbabynobody in response

This is a community dedicated to making those changes in society. We'll bring up those movies with cast and crew that "promote the emaciated 'ideal woman,'" and discuss companies that do the same with their advertising. We'll discuss body image, healthy or not, and how to make it better.

Eventually, we'd like to have a web page.

This is a community to challenge the media's "narrow" definition of beauty. General rules of respect apply. Not everyone will have the same opinions, and that should be discussed as rationally as possible.

**This community is designed to promote images of healthy women in the media. We are neither "pro-chubby" or "anti-skinny."**.