The new fall TV-season is well underway. Have you picked your new favorite show yet? Honestly, I haven’t enjoyed many of the new shows. I had high hopes for Mindy Kaling’s new show, The Mindy Project, but have felt a bit underwhelmed by it. I’m still watching though.
Anyway, the point of this post isn’t to tell you about my favorite TV shows, it’s to tell you ladies that it’s time to celebrate. Why? Well, because we are finally living in a society in which women are no longer judged by their dress size. Hooray! How have we achieved this? Well, according to a ridiculous article in The New York Times by Alessandra Stanley, it’s because overweight (her words not mine) celebrities like Mindy Kaling, Lena Dunham and Lady Gaga are giving the world the finger by daring to go on stage looking the way they do.
Stanley writes, “There’s little comic shock value left in profanity, obscenity or intolerance, but it’s still quite rare and surprising to see a woman not obsess about her waistline.” Yes, shocking that a woman would have other concerns than her dress size. And Lady Gaga? Well, according to Stanley, gaining weight is “the most outrageous stunt” she’s pulled yet. Yes, even more shocking than the meat dress.
Come ON lady! Lady Gaga ten pounds heavier is probably a size 2 at the most. And I wouldn’t consider either Kaling or Dunham overweight either. They just aren’t the size 0 that we’ve been conditioned to seeing on our TV screens. Even so, Stanley fat-shames Kaling and Dunham by pointing out their “flab” and calls them “seditious” for being what seems to think is overweight.
If you have any delusions about society’s intense scrutiny of women’s bodies and the unbelievable pressure for women to be thin, just read The New York Times: the fact that it’s newsworthy that a woman of Mindy Kaling’s size could dare to be seen on TV is proof that we have so, so, so far to go.
This New York Times article leaves no doubt that the intense scrutiny of women’s bodies and the pressure for women to be thin is still going strong and isn’t getting any better. If it were, it wouldn’t be newsworthy that Dunning or Kaling, who wouldn’t even be considered plus-sized, have television shows. We would be focusing on the fact that these are intelligent, funny, and talented women who are kicking ass and taking names in a business dominated by men. Nope, they just get a pat on the head for making it on TV looking the way they do.