Shrinking Women, Hulking Men
Today’s woman may be a CEO, legislator, minister, action hero…
But as the sexes grow more similar, their bodies — at least in media — are diverging.
Men are getting bigger and women are getting smaller — except for their busts.
Jackson Katz points this out in his documentary, Tough Guise. For instance:
Meanwhile women grow smaller as feminism gets bigger.
The 1950s Ideal:
The 1990s Ideal:
In this last photo the woman isn’t just tiny. Thanks to implants, she may now be both smaller and bigger. With that most obvious of physical differences — breasts — exaggerated.
And since that body part is also the most sexualized, her sexualization is also prominent.
It’s fine for women to be tiny if that’s how they naturally are. It’s fine for women to have large busts if that’s how they naturally are. And it’s fine for men to work out to be fit.
But when images of men are consistently enormous, and when images of women are consistently tiny — and when everything is out of proportion — it seems that men grow bigger and women are reduced. In both size and value.
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Posted on February 25, 2015, in feminism, gender, men, psychology, sexism, women and tagged body image, feminism, gender, media images, men, psychology, sexism, women. Bookmark the permalink. 66 Comments.