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My heart goes out to Sarah Millican and everyone else who isn’t a size 0

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Jann Arden tweeted the other day about British comedienne Sarah Millican being trashed for wearing a particular dress while making a Sarahpresentation at the BAFTA Awards (similar to the Gemini’s in Canada and Emmy’s in the U.S.) that was deemed by the pond scum who think they are the last word in fashion to be unflattering. For those of you who are not familiar with Sarah Millicen, she’s brilliantly funny, self-deprecating, pretty and genuinely nice. What more is necessary? I’ve had the good fortune to catch her guesting a couple of times on The Graham Norton Show on BBC Canada and immediately loved her personality. Sarah is a size 18-20 which means she’s not model-thin. Why should anyone care and make her feel ashamed because she’s not a size 0. I suggest you read her essay in response through the link to her name in the first sentence of this post.

On a similar note, I currently have a clipping from the newspaper on my desk saying that the La Perla boutique in New York (they sell lingerie) has recently pulled a mannequin from their store following a negative backlash from customers about the unrealistic depiction of the female form represented by the mannequin. It showed protruding ribs and hip bones which certainly looks nothing like any real human woman I know here in the first world.

This continuation of promoting anorexic female bodies as being the ideal must stop. In response to La Perla’s faux pas, another lingerie manufacturer, Aerie has stepped up to the plate and promised to no longer Photoshop the models in their ads. That’s a step in the right direction but they could go one better by employing only models with real-life soft and curvy bodies rather than rail-thin bone bags with weird globe-shaped surgically-enhanced breasts.

Dove brand soap products has been lauding realistic women for more than a decade now but the list of companies using this marketing approach is miniscule. The internet makes it easy to target the offenders and most of us have computers or smart phones. When you’re unhappy with the media’s representation of women, make yourself heard. The customers of La Perla spoke up and got the attention of the manufacturer. Women like Sarah Millican deserve better and we should make our support heard. Some day, someone will listen. I can’t do this all by myself.

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Author: Lynda Davis

As an early Baby Boomer, born in 1947, it seems to me that as we approach our retirement years, Boomers have gone from being the energy driving our nation to slowly becoming invisible. We risk losing our identity as society remains stubbornly youth-centric. And the irony is that Gen Xers and Ys are not the majority; we are. BOOMERBROADcast is my platform for being the voice of Baby Boomers, women in particular. We've generated a lot of changes over the decades but there's still a long way to go. After a 40-year career in the corporate world, I've taken up expressing the observations and concerns of our generation. Instead of pounding the pavement in my bellbottoms with a cardboard sign, I'm pounding my laptop (I learned to type on a manual typewriter and old habits die hard). If you have issues or concerns you would like voiced or have comments on what I've voiced, I'd love to hear from you. We started breaking the rules in the sixties and now that we're in our sixties it's no time to become complacent. Hope you'll stay tuned and if you like BOOMERBROADcast, share it with your friends. Let's rock n' roll! If you would like to be notified whenever I publish a new posting, click on the little blue box in the lower right of your screen that says +Follow→ Lynda Davis

One thought on “My heart goes out to Sarah Millican and everyone else who isn’t a size 0

  1. Bravo!

    Regards,
    Gail

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