Part of leadership, especially women, is to be a voice for separating the wheat from the chaff. It is time for all of us as women leaders to put a halt to the binding messages we are bombarded with about image. No, I don’t mean we should all state that overweight is better, I mean we need to begin to question what is being fed to us (sorry for the pun) about what is the standard for the acceptable and attractive woman. It is a legacy issue that if addressed now will have a vast impact on our daughters (and they are all our daughters regardless of who birthed them) of the future.
Nancy Pennebaker, a senior consultant with our organization, Creative Energy Options, Inc. (CEO) sent this to me for both the humor and the depth of the message. Our company motto, “we are all connected and no one wins unless we all do”, is embedded in the following short article. It shows that this issue of image is one that is a world issue.
Notice that the sign in the window of an exercise studio and the answer are from France, where the image of gorgeous models in clothes by Yves St. Laurent, Chanel et a.l became the standard of beauty.
This is a time for us to say what really matters and stand for changes, so that the future is not trapped in the girdles of the past.
Recently, in a large city in France,
“This summer, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?”
A middle-aged woman,
To Whom It May Concern,
Mermaids don’t exist.
The choice is perfectly clear to me:
P.S. We are in an age
We need to teach our daughters to be healthy women, neither Kate Moss nor a ‘whale’. This article simply advocates accepting our culture of obesity for people too lazy to eat healthy and exercise.
Maxwell Pinto says
We need balance, instead of swinging from one extreme to another and fooling ourselves that all shapes and sizes are okay. Health is important if we are to function optimally or almost so.
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Casey Dawes says
Oh, I love this.
As someone who has a Balkin peasant-stock body, I can appreciate the idea that I will never be a thin Parisian model. But people have been telling me I am “too fat” all my life. I’ve recently looked at pictures of me when I was 14, when my parents were putting me on a diet. Nope. Not too fat.
The pressure to be thin is awful. People who I don’t know very well feel that it’s okay to comment on my weight. People I’ve never met, make judgements about my energy, eating habits and exercise.
Yes…I’d like to weigh a lot less and I work on it. I exercise, eat organic veggies, etc. No sugar, ice cream, chips, etc. in the house. It’s still here, folks.
Can we really, truly, stop judging other people? It would be really nice. Then, we actually might make a difference.