Why are we as people of society never pleased with one type of body?
I just had a conversation with a friend about the supermodel Kate Upton, who in some ways physically conforms to “body ideals” and in other ways goes against them–doesn’t she seem to be the “perfect woman” with extremely large breasts, yet an extremely small figure otherwise?
Over time, society is continuously changing thoughts of ideal bodies based on media, and it seems that when once one becomes popular, another becomes more oppressed. Bordo touches upon this in her article “Reading the Slender Body.” People criticize women with “bulges” or “soft” places on their body– something I’m reading as “curves.” But some years ago, wasn’t this desirable, a curvaceous woman (I’m picturing a nautical Marilyn Monroe on the beach)? And while today “bulges” are not “in,” you can’t be too thin either–not unless you want unnecessary attention.