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G is for Glamour

Since I started with feminism in the last post, and mentioned there's still a lot of work to be done, I thought I would use my 15-minutes here to share a few thoughts on the recent Amy Schumer/Glamour dust-up. 

Let's start with the whole "being human" thing. Although in the public eye, Amy still is just a person dealing with what's thrown at her, like the rest of us. But because she's in the public eye, how she reacts to things becomes public record and "part of the conversation." 

Look, I remember reading a criticism of Naomi Wolf when she was making the rounds promoting her Beauty Myth book: it went something like this--"Why would a woman so adamant about proving that beauty standards hurt women do a volumizing hair-flip before getting on camera?" Why? Because we are human. We grow up living in the world that reinforces the need to look, act and be a certain way. It becomes almost automatic, even as we are fighting against certain parts of it. 

So, I can't speak for Amy, of course, but I think the people who are criticizing her for speaking up for herself and saying her actions were not feminist and actually hurtful to plus-sized women are missing something. First, she felt that she was being misidentified and that could be hurtful to others. Because for all the "body-positivity" rhetoric that is going along with the "plus-sized" movement, the term "plus-sized" is still thought of in a "not quite good enough, but bless-her-heart-anyway" kind of way...So somebody like myself who takes a look at the sizes of her clothes and discovers they are considered plus-sized (or above), may start to think, "Well, I'm going to love myself ANYWAY." And Anyway is the problem. And it's the problem with labels such as plus-sized.

Another problem? I write slow. And giving myself only 15 minutes for these posts makes it tough (and possibly incoherent). But, it's getting the rusty writing fingers a workout and getting my butt in the chair. 



  1. I wouldn't say incoherent. Plus writing gets better with use. I know that I am still working on that one as well. Or well I guess we all are. Loved the article!

  2. Horray for butts in chairs! :) Also, it may be tip of the iceberg, but it definitely wasn't incoherent. I believe Amy was speaking up not only for herself but lots and lots of women who wear those "plus-size" and "anyway" labels uneasily and maybe even shamefully. I don't think she was saying that being "plus-size" itself is the issue, but the fact that the label exists at all is an issue and if we are always redefining that label to mean smaller and smaller sizes, it will continue to have devastating consequences on women of all sizes.

    1. I agree. Anytime we are only defined by our size it negates our true value.

  3. Visiting from A to Z.
    Beauty is a complex topic. It is to be celebrated because we all like beauty. But our value of what is beautiful can be broadened considerably.
    Ann Bennett @annbennett12

    Too Much To Choose From
    Science Ladybug

    1. Yes, that is true. But beauty can be found in almost anything. If we spent our lives looking for that, rather than rating our beauty against some kind of moving target standard, we would all be better off. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Loved your post, and love how you're writing them all in 15 minutes each! Dropping by from for the A-Z Challenge :)

  5. The person who was complaining about Amy sounds like one of those persons who just liked to find fault for the fun of it.

    1. It could have been, but I saw multiple comments on Facebook from women saying Amy was anti-feminist because she was (I guess?) rejecting the "plus" label. To me, this seemed to miss the point that women shouldn't be categorized and then assigned value based on that category in the first place. Thanks for stopping by!


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