fasdsr2 (gumby) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

The millennial vernacular of fatphobia

In her latest newsletter, Anne Helen Petersen, author of celebrity thinkpieces who's now transitioned into workplace writing, somewhat goes back to her roots and talks about the body standards that millennials faced during their youth.

The entry includes a trigger warning because it discusses body image, diet culture and disordered eating.

She talks about one particular issue of Seventeen Magazine that includes a non-model on the cover. Reader letters included some who praised it and some who said that she should have a better figure, which sent the contradictory message that her body was both "normal" ("thus desirable/obtainable") and also undesirable.

-She talks about how influential teen magazines like Seveteen, YM and Teen were, at least to white teens. These magazines included articles about things the reader should be worried about (e.g. cellulite), while simultaneously including articles about needing to let go of perfection.

-Mentions phrases that became engrained in many millennials' and younger gen-Xers' minds, like:

celebrity as a 'calorie negative food; the discourse around Britney's stomach; the phrases "muffin top" and "thigh gap"; how Kate Winslet was regarded as "chubby" andd Alicia Silverstone was dubbed "Fatgirl"; Bridget Jones' supposedly "undesirable" body; the Rachel Zoe aesthetic; the "Fat Monica" plotline on "Friends," etc. etc.

Key points behind the cut.

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Full entry at the source.


Tags: alicia silverstone, britney spears, fashion, kate winslet, magazine covers and articles

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