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Things that make me go Grrrrr…

1. Fat shaming.

I have voiced my concerns over channel 10’s “Biggest Loser” in the Sydney Morning Herald before here: The burden of treating girls’ bodies as the enemy and here in a piece co-written with Nina Funnell:Biggest losers from TV obesity cures are gullible viewers.

Sadly, based on an examination of the show’s 2013 season promos, the fat-shaming formula has not changed:


One of my Facebook friends, women’s advocate and activist Melinda Liszewski, nailed it in her post on why she finds this program so very disturbing and harmful:

Do you know what’s worse than eating an entire tub of ice cream? Humiliating a girl on national television and across the internet under the guise of “health.”

Here are just a few comments that this latest post from the Biggest Loser has attracted:

Marc Gliosca says: “This girl is a vile pig.”

Fulvio Cammaroto says: “If people were not negative with their comments on this kind of eating behaviour then the world would be full of fat cunts like this. Sounds cruel I know.. But it’s the truth…. (Lisa Fawcett “likes” that comment)

Sam Voulalis says: FATMOTHERF#@CKER!

This is the language of the Biggest Loser. It’s not health and it’s not ok.

2. Women reduced to their body parts.

In what may well be one of the most ridiculous news report on International Women’s Day ever, Fox News Connecticut decided that women’s achievements were best represented by highlighting breasts. And more breasts. And even more breasts. You can almost see the newsreader cringe.

3. This is why we need Feminism

And of course then there are the issues that always spur me on to work towards equality – not just here, but overseas.

What has frustrated you this week?

 

Published inBody ImageDisadvantaged young peopleEating DisordersFeminismGender stereotypingSexual harassment and discriminationWomen and Film

2 Comments

  1. Nikki Davis

    LOVE this post Danni – I am with you grrrring here myself at the same things!

    I have to say I am especially outraged by the “Biggest Loser” clip – I saw it for the first time the other day and was speechless that this was a promo for a TV show – essentially a form of “entertainment”. I have to ask what is wrong with us as a society if we get some sort of strange pleasure or smug sense of self righteous-ness from watching this? Why on earth would we want to shame people in this way? Writing comments like those listed here is the shameful behaviour I am concerned with in our world.

  2. zoebrownlie

    I agree! I’m sure the aim of The Biggest Loser came from somewhere good, but this type of thing ruins the positives that could come from it.
    I work in sex and relationship education, and this week what’s making me go grrrrrrrrr is the fact that some schools don’t think it’s important to educate young people on more than the scientific side of sex. And if more is covered, it’s often just about the negatives of sex, and only covers heterosexual relationships.
    It’s a normal part of life that young people need to be educated on.
    There we go, vent over.
    Great blog as always Danni, very inspiring!

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