Women are damned if the do, damned if they don’t!

I stole title of this post from my friend, Anna, BTW.

First, there was Jessica Valenti. She is the founder of a feminist blog who was invited to attend a luncheon with other bloggers and Bill Clinton. After the lunch, everyone posed for this picture:
Jessica Valenti

Jessica is the one in the gray sweater in front of Clinton. After this photo was published, a law professor blogged about how Jessica was purposefully posing so as to accentuate her breasts, and that post received over 500 comments, most of them making derogatory comments about Jessica and her body. (More info on the whole controversy can be found here.)

You can clearly see those bumps on her chest, and we can’t have that can we? We don’t want anyone to know that women have breasts, do we? If they don’t see them on us, then maybe they’ll forget we even have them, right? Cuz, you know breasts are evil!! Jessica should have worn a boxy, boring suit that doesn’t show off any part of her figure! It’s so degrading for a woman to actually look like a woman! (That was me being facetious, btw.)

Well, now we’ve got some controversy brewing with our First Lady. Did you know that she frequently bares her…gasp…ARMS!! And not only that, those arms are SCULPTED!!

Michelle Obama

Yes, the problem with her baring her arms is that they are sculpted, at least according to NY Times columnist, David Brooks (as reported by fellow NY Times columnist Maureen Dowd). According to Brooks and others who incredulously agree with him, her showing that she has muscles makes her appear “daunting” and “scary”.

Yeah, right. And, there really were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

I find this whole talk about how Mrs. Obama should cover up her arms rather amusing because in my many years of being an overweight woman who has no qualms about going sleeveless, I’ve been involved in many conversations about whether or not women with flabby, fat, batwing arms should go sleeveless. Some people have told me they think it looks “gross” so us fatties should cover our arms so they don’t have to endure our grossness.

Yet, here is a woman with absolutely gorgeous arms, and she’s also being told to cover them, too.

Like Anna said…we’re damned if we do, and we’re damned if we don’t.


One response to this post.

  1. That’s ridiculous on both counts. We’re probably supposed to fear Obama now since she has biceps? It’s funny, because my mom was just telling me now we’d all have to wear sleeveless whether or not we were in shape because it’s the “in” thing.


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