Curious Reads for Nov. 11, 2022
Chat: The "heroin chic body” is back?!
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Hello friends, Liz here.
I want to talk about the story that I keep returning to, one from the Cut: “Could Thin be In Again?” by Michelle Santiago Cortes. Apparently, the “heroin chic body” is back in.
“‘When I say thin is in,” says disability advocate Imani Barbarin, a.k.a. @crutches_and_spice on TikTok, ‘what I’m talking about is that the inclusion we’ve achieved over the last ten years with the body-positivity and the body-neutrality movements, it’s going to feel like whiplash in terms of going back. It’s going to feel like a resentment of fat bodies.’ The short-lived efforts to offer inclusive sizing ranges are already losing steam…
“The truth is our society relied on ableism, fatphobia, and racism to justify the preventable deaths of the pandemic. The Los Angeles Times reported last year that medical fat-shaming increased during the pandemic and got in the way of proper care. It almost makes too much sense that eating disorders got worse during this time.
“…If you are thin in 2022, it means you graduated with honors. If you are thin in 2022, it means your body is productive and valuable and fit, in every sense of the word.”
HOW IN THE WORLD ARE WE BACK TO THE SAME SKINNY MINNY BODY NORM THAT USED TO PREDOMINATE WHEN I WAS A TEEN?
Or, phrased with less CAPS and hair-pulling, why is “heroin thin” popular again? What makes us culturally attracted to bony babes who look like they could fall over in a strong gust? And why do I find myself wishing to be skinny like them?? I’m a fat lady Christian feminist who believes in body positivity! Why??!!
Tell me all your thoughts.
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However, I did find the NYT’s midterm podcast, “The Run-Up” fascinating, especially these conversations with voters in swing states.
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