Archive for the ‘Life’ Category
Last weekend I raided my wardrobe for its edgiest possessions, purchased a small bottle of gin and tonic from my local corner shop and braced myself for a night on town to celebrate a friends birthday. Pre’s (that’s pre drinks) and pizza commenced at 7pm in Fulham, and I arrived on time as ever for the evening’s festivities. Pouring myself a lukewarm G & T, which took me back to uni days perhaps a little more than I’d have liked, we chatted about jobs, love interests and plummeting bank balances – oh to be 22!
Being a blogger comes with some pretty cringe requirements, so when I asked my reluctant mother, who also doubles as my therapist, my PA and photographer, to take some pics of me, I didn’t expect one to strike up some actual genuine meaning. Ok, so I know I’m being a total sassy pants on a beautiful beach and there’s even a coconut sitting just perfectly in the frame, but my sassiness also made me realise something somewhat profound. That this might be the first time in my bikini since the age of about 10 where I’m not hating myself or forcing myself to like what I see, I am truly believing it.
Welcome back to my 5th and final blog post in order of Eating Disorders Awareness Week. I feel like I’ve learnt a lot about myself the past few days, and although it’s been incredibly daunting to share I have been totally overwhelmed by the supportive messages and people reaching out for help.
‘Slenderness has consistently been visually glamourised’ (Bordo, 1993:57).
As you guys can probably tell, I am a huge fan of Susan Bordo, whose words I’ve been using throughout this series! I read plenty of her work for my undergraduate dissertation, which focused on none other than the dangers of clean eating! Bordo emphasises the role society plays in perpetuating Eating Disorders, namely the pressures women face to discipline their bodies in culturally desirable ways. From thigh gaps to abs and peachy butts it’s all based on an image, and the quest for our perfect look requires disciplining and managing the space of our bodies to meet socially constructed ideals of beauty and success.
Day 3 of Eating Disorder’s awareness week and I am inviting you all to reflect on the topic this week. Even though you may not be suffering directly, statistics suggest that at the very least, someone you know will be affected at some point in your lifetime. It is increasingly important that we are all aware of the problem of EDs and equipped in some way to deal with them.