Thursday, April 06, 2006

J.K. Rowling Tackles Anorexia Obsession

J.K. Rowling rants about Western culture's obsession with unhealthy underweight women; her fears of what effect this obsession has on girls, including her daughters; and about acquaintances who see her after a long time and can only say, "You've lost weight!" after she's produced three children, and six internationally bestselling novels that have been turned into four major motion pictures. Hello! What's wrong with this picture? Can JKR possibly have accomplished anything more important in this world than watching her weight? Can any woman? And what does that say about the world that asks such a question?

6 comments:

Myrtle said...

Wow. You've nailed another one for me. When I was fat no one said a word. In fact I heard a lot of social support for being fat, "You don't look big," "Nothing wrong with being big." "Thin is a media conspiracy." "Being thin isn't healthy." "Love yourself for who you are."

The scale said I was huge and the mirror did to. I dropped 50 lbs and it amazed me the number of people who had no problem telling me I was too skinny or hinting that I might get health problems. Problems?! I'm in a martial arts class getting thrown to the mat by male ogres twice my size while a woman spectator so large as to nearly need a cane to walk with confides to me quietly that I need a check up because of my weight. I am on the chart for average.

My theory? There is a lot of psychological motivation in considering an average person anorexic when one is 100 lbs overweight.

I just don't know how we can maange two cultural messages that are diametrically opposed: "If you love yourself you don't need to change your weight." and "We are turning into a nation of diabetics and need to lose weight."

Pat Mathews said...

Not to mention how many of her baddies are fat! Starting with Vernon, Marge, and Dudley Dursely

Lioness said...

That's real near a sore spot with me. I have a relative who is truly anorexic: massive hair loss, furry limbs, cauliflower ears, sunken face, wears oversized sweats so you don't see that all her bones are showing, looks 12 years older than her chronological age, and has had addictions to drugs, alcohol and worthless men. She's constantly being complimented for her thinness, and I'm constantly told I should try to look more like her. I don't think so.

Myrtle said...

Being told that a meth user (former or not) is some sort of model to emulate is a kind of cultural baptism in the rural South. That goes around in my family too. The inexplicable thing to me is how they can tell you this with a straight face.

Kate West said...

What I'd like to know is this: If J.K. Rowling was a man, would the press have even bothered to mention that she'd lost weight? I think not. :-)

Lioness said...

When the person she was talking to mentioned that she had lost weight, she reminded them that she had just had a baby then.