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Plenty boob enough already

by James Aylett

30 January 2004

Zoo? Nuts! Whatever.

Zoo.gif The rise and rise of men's magazines (the ones about crocodile wrestling and Nell McAndrew, not the ones about trains and pipe smoking), and the sexing-up of media outlets that didn't start that way, has often been decried as making things worse for women: objectifying them in the eyes of men, lowering their self-esteem and generally making them feel ugly.

Years ago, female beauty had its pinnacle in people like Audrey Hepburn, and while no one could attain her levels of slight, graceful beauty, they were all things that occurred naturally. Giant breasts, on the other hand, tended to come from being giant-bodied, which tended to come from syphilis.

And yet somewhere in the introduction of large amounts of flesh into the mass media, someone had the idea of taking large breasts, inflating them to an insane degree, and then plastering them in front of everyone. Men, by turns, came to see these vast gazongas as desirable - and, naturally enough, so did women, since there's nothing more damaging to self-esteem than to look different, and when half the magazines and newspapers are peppered with Jordan and friends, suddenly not having boobs larger than your brain feels like the minority.

If you canít balance a pint glass on your chest, if your wrinkles havenít been airbrushed out, if your legs havenít been Photoshopped to within an inch of their lives, then you might as well wear a paper bag on your head.

Men are starting to believe these invented paragons are the only worthwhile women - this isn't surprising, given that they are now fed these images from a very early age. So women end up feeling inadequate, and men end up brainwashed into thinking that most women aren't desirable. This is crap, and something has to be done to remind everyone that beauty doesn't require nine hours in make-up and a whizz with a computer graphics package. Most people - women and men - are beautiful. The only really ugly ones are those that flaunt a supposed ideal that just makes everyone else feel bad.


And don't you forget it.

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