Let’s talk about fat, shall we? In fact, let’s just throw caution to the wind and talk about the potential damage parents can do to their children in the name of curtailing the national trend toward childhood obesity.
Feminism is about being strong, and that means both mentally and physically. That being said, it was a treat to see Ellen DeGeneres and Michelle Obama in a pushup battle right on television, and here’s why: these two women are extremely successful and both are very outspoken about being healthy. Michelle Obama is seen as a fashion icon and Ellen models for Cover Girl. The latter qualities are very girl-girly qualities … models of fashion and makeup. So naturally, to see these two women get down on the ground in their expensive clothes and carefully-applied makeup just to have a push-up battle, was amazing.
When you think of “push-up battle” you think of big guys, glistening with sweat, grimacing as they pump up and down trying to prove their manhood. However, Ellen and Michelle flipped that on its head – these two were talking smack, taking off their jackets, and on national TV battled it out. Their makeup never budged, and every hair remained perfectly in place. It reminds me of that saying “Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but she did it backwards and in heels.”
It is said that women who exude “manly behaviors are less likely to be promoted in the work place,” and there was even a recent episode of the hit FOX show “The New Girl” in which a character’s ball-busting lawyer girlfriend tells lead character Jess “if I talked the way you do at work, no one would take me seriously.” She was implying that Jess is far too sweet and girly to be thought of as anything other than “a cute chick.”
This push-up battle and that episode of “The New Girl” both show that girls can be tough and strong and pretty and delicate all at the same time. Michelle Obama and Ellen can run their own shows, start charities, keep their spouses and maintain their families, all while looking great and kicking ass while doing so. What an example, right?
Am I the only one out there that feels absolutely nothing for the many “miracle makeover” stories? I remembered that one of my mother’s monthly magazine subscriptions of the Family Circle/Good Housekeeping vein featured a “makeover of the month,” and even as a fifth or sixth grader (yes, I read everything) thinking to myself, “That’s all well and good, but what’s she gonna look like in six months?” Between that and The Sally Jessy Raphael Show, I was pretty cynical about makeovers from a very young age.
Michigan’s Jael Gardiner story was recently spotlighted on Stylelist’s “Makeover Diaries” feature, and I found myself shaking my head and, yeah, rolling my eyes … and I truly mean no offense to Ms. Gardiner, who is currently a college student and rightfully proud of her accomplishments (including a 60+ pound weight …
If you are anything at all like me, you consistently give the New Year’s resolution thing the old college try … it usually involves weight … and it usually lasts just about as long as it takes Domino’s to deliver a pizza.
Yeah, I’ve done it again and, as I have for the past fifteen or twenty years, am adamant that I’m going to stick with it this time. Har har har. I guess you could say that I’m either a sucker for punishment or optimistic.