Friday, April 8, 2016
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.