What Kind of Eating Disorders Club Are They Running Over At The New York Times?

Catty gossip bloggers are known for going after their least favorite celebrities over weight, but it’s not often that you see that kind of trash talk thrown at people for no reason in The New York Times. However, yesterday two different times blogs published some pretty questionable comments about a handful of actresses and their “curves” at the Golden Globes. Nope! Not Mo’Nique. More like Jennifer Aniston and the woman that every single one of my guy friends would marry faster than you can say “Joan”, Christina Hendricks.

The piece that first started to raise eyebrows was by Andy Post (a fellow female writer who was making her NYT blogging debut! Congrats, girl!) who wrote in the T Magazine blog:

Maybe it’s just me, but I could have sworn that some of the ladies who showed up at the Golden Globes on Sunday had put on a little weight. It’s almost criminal to name names, because the very actresses whose body-mass indexes have been the subject of endless tabloid speculation are the very ones now sporting sexier curves. You could definitely see the difference if you concentrated solely on the upper arms. Instead of a Barbie-doll circumference, there was suddenly, amazingly, a womanly roundness to their frames. More Marilyn than Twiggy, that’s for sure.

Above the text there were three photos: Aniston, Kate Hudson and Courtney Cox. Poor skinny bones Lisa Kudrow didn’t make the cut, I guess! Better hunker down with the cookie dough in Malibu with the girls next time you want to have your arms closely examined by some crazy person desperate to make a statement at their new job, LiLi!

It was after that that people picked up on a comment made in another blog, Cathy Horyn’s On The Runway, where she debating which Golden Globes dress was the watercooler talk-worthy one. Pretty standard post-award show material until she ruled out “pretty Christina Hendricks in Christian Siriano’s exploding ruffle dress. (As one stylist said, ‘You don’t put a big girl in a big dress. That’s rule number one.’)” Another unnecessary and cheap criticism.

This kind of vicious style is always passed off as “being brutally honest”, as if anyone has been done a favor by someone voicing their hideous little thoughts about people in an extremely public face. Between the women of the world who look like Hendricks and thank goodness that there’s a sexy representation of their body type on television to everyone who had to take a second look at Aniston’s arms today, this is unfair.

Clearly we know by now that there’s no such thing as responsible blogging practices, but there are certain places you expect to see that stuff. Thankfully there are also places you can go that raise the bar and don’t feed in to gross negativity. Typically the NYT is one of those places, so why did they let this slide?



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12 thoughts on “What Kind of Eating Disorders Club Are They Running Over At The New York Times?

  1. Yesterday my husband wanted me to look at pictures of what people wore at the Golden Globes (he is a total geek who doesn’t really care about fashion). He pretty much just made me pull this up to show me how freakin’ hot Christina Hendricks looks in her dress. His words “But wow, Christina Hendricks – that dress is so va-va-voom, nobody on that red carpet can come even close in hotness”.

    I am not saying that Christina Hendricks is every guys dream woman but she comes pretty close. And I think 98% of straight men won’t complain about her “exploding” out of the dress.

  2. I don’t much care for the color with her skin tone but the style looks great on her. Her make up is kinda scaring me though. Is it just me or is she wearing a ludicrous amount of blush?

  3. Personally, I think the ruffles are silly and childish, and the boobs-up-to-the-chin look is unattractive. I can see why men might be into the nearly falling out thing, but I’d never call that a nice dress.
    But that’s me. and none of that criticism is about weight. She looks healthy and reasonable – meaning probably quite heavy for hollywood.

  4. I was just wondering about something you wrote in your article. You said: “the woman that every single one of my guy friends would marry faster than you can say “Joan”, Christina Hendricks.”

    Is that really the only way we can describe a woman’s beauty? I mean, is a woman only “really” beautiful, if loads of guys are after her all the time?

    I noticed how lots of women say about other women “oh, she’s beautiful. Every guy I know would love to date her” as if the only proof for her beauty is the amount of men that want to date her. Shouldn’t it be enough to just say “she looks amazing!”?

  5. If she’s a “big girl,” then I’m a fat, unshapely tub of lard.

    That being said, I think she’s lovely. Could she have worn a dress that covered a bit more and looked a little better on her? Yes. But her chesticles are just MASSIVE, and it can be hard to find a nice dress that both looks great on those bosoms and her smallish frame.

    I’m not, however, a fan of her lipstick. I just don’t think deep red works on anyone.

    • I live with that problem every day. Dresses tend not to be made for that. But in Hollywood, with the preference for tiny bodies and implants, it’s actually pretty common. And do you really think she shops off a rack? She can get the dress tailored to her perfectly, or even made just for her. When you’re a millionaire starlet shopping for the red carpet, finding dresses to fit your body shape just isn’t that hard.

  6. I happen the think Andy Post was saying it’s a good thing that women didn’t look like fragile twigs and instead looked like a group of beautiful, healthy women. It seems to me that people took what she said the wrong way.

    At least that’s the way I read her article.

    And who says that the photos above her article were chosen by her? I’d be willing to bet they weren’t.

  7. Gay men are the ones promoting this misogyny, don’t blame the rest of us. They’re the ones that insist models be size 00, straight men don’t find that appealing AT ALL.

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