Posted on September 30, 2012 by Dr. Deahthis article by Ms. Purnick. Once again, a woman is reinforcing the importance of physical beauty over other attributes. And even though Ms Purnick ends her article with the illusion of choice when she writes, “or not,” the overall tone of her opinion piece is envy. And not just envy. But the divisive jealousy that comes from girls and women comparing themselves to each other based on an ideal of beauty that has been dictated primarily by men. Ms Purnick is lucky to have a platform as far reaching as The Times and yet threw away a fantastic opportunity to speak for all women. She could have written about how we all have the right to bare our arms no matter what shape they are in. But, no, Ms Purnick took the predictable path that reinforces our body shame and encourages us to cover ourselves up if we are not perfect enough. Does she know that she is contributing to the already rising number of girls and women with eating disorders by fueling this kind of body dissatisfaction? I am so disappointed. Of course I sent a letter to the editor which will probably go into my file of passionate and unpublished letters to the editor of The New York Times, but it feels good to speak out and if anyone wants to join me send your 150 word letter to firstname.lastname@example.org and make sure you include the name of the article and your name, address, and phone number. Til next time! Dr. Deah
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