Slim women are best

Rather than post the repugnant video propaganda I saw today that tries to convince young women that being sweaty slobs is good, I shall post a painting by William-Adolphe Bouguereau, The Bather (1879) to remind us all that slender young women have long been admired.

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12 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Julian O'Dea on September 26, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    Anti-Gnostic:

    ” Up until the late 1800’s, being full-figured meant to show the “value” of the human body and pureness. This was the time when realism was a way of expression and it included exhibitionism (as known today). Women were considered beautiful and sexy at that time if they were well-proportioned by men as a sign of fertility…large breast, large hips “can have babies “. “

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  2. Posted by Ollie on September 26, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    The sheer audacity of these people shall be their downfall.

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  3. Well I suppose a simple reply is that these ideals seem to change a lot over time. The ‘Rubenesque’ figure is the art world’s answer to the slender figure.

    The art deco of Erté was, I suspect, hugely influential in the development of the modern supermodel ideal. There he may have manifested the interests of his times: everything in art tended towards abstraction, even when that art was of human figures. The decorations aren’t present in Erté to show off the women as the women are part of the decorations.

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  4. The idea of the tanned beauty nowadays interests me, especially given that around a century ago the opposite ideal seems to be feted: the pale maiden with cream or white skin (indeed, she seems to be positively consumptive) is often described in luxurious terms. Well, I suppose we are dealing with the Decadents and Fin de siècle sorts interested in the beauty and luxury of corruption here – though the idea seems to go back further. Perhaps it would be wiser to fall in love with a healthy robust woman though who can stand a bit of sun….

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  5. Posted by fuzziewuzziebear on September 27, 2016 at 10:43 am

    She is quite fetching, for a human. It is different for bears, to be desirable we all have to be nearly as round as a beach ball. It has something to do with reproductive fitness.

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  6. But do they use their slimness for good, or for evil?

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    • Posted by Julian O'Dea on September 30, 2016 at 8:05 am

      Slimness is what Aristotle would have called a “good in itself”. Like knowledge.

      More seriously, a young woman at least should be reasonably slender. It is wrong in every way to tell young women that being obese is good.

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  7. I was quoting Maxwell Smart, and contemplating that youth and beauty are fleeting. A woman is always on a timeline, and many waste their gifts on self seeking and narcissism.

    Younger women should be slim. The older women have to more consciously work at it. Staying slim can be achieved over a lifetime, of course, but we’re only young once. Wasting such a brief gift is an irrecoverable loss. By contrast, obesity often persists over a lifetime, a curse that keeps on stealing vitality and rendering women unattractive well before they hit the wall.

    Perhaps this helps explain why so many older, childless women are just a bit nuts. Admitting they wasted their lives, whether slim or not, would be unbearable.

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