If I Said You Had Beautiful Body Image, Would You Hold It Against Me?
In a world where a god-like government might take your kids from you for being too fat, it would of course make sense for these same omniscient nannies to be able to dictate body image standards to the TV and movie industries. Caroline May of The Daily Caller reports: “Despite the obesity epidemic, North Carolina Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan, Wisconsin Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin, and Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis are pushing legislation to encourage the media to produce healthier images of women. They say women and girls feel overly pressured to be thin.” You know what would immediately solve this problem? More legislation from the federal government. Federal bureaucrats do everything else so incredibly well that I’m sure they’ll nip this problem in the bud overnight. They don’t have the authority to do this anyway, you say? Well, that’s never stopped them before.
Unrealistic standards of weight, body shape and overall appearance is a real problem today. I was going to say it’s a real problem for women but another article today cites the rise of “manorexia,” male eating disorders which some experts are blaming on the pressure to appear as trim as male models.
I agree that something ought to be done to address this problem. As a father of three precious girls, I do not want them to think they must keep up with the ladies on the magazine covers. It makes me sick to think they might measure their self-worth by comparing themselves against unrealistic standards of physical appearance and body shape. However, more government control is not the answer. As Tina Korbe of Hot Air writes,
“It’s not that I’m not sympathetic to the problem. I just don’t think it’s the government’s role to solve it. By all means, Ms. Hagan and Ms. Baldwin, feel free in your free time (i.e. not on the taxpayers’ dime!) to lobby advertisers, TV and movie producers, magazine editors and others to feature ‘healthier’ images of women. Buy Dove products to reward their ‘Real Beauty’ campaign. Give speeches to middle school girls. Or, copy First Lady Michele Obama and conspicuously order high-calorie shakes so anybody watching knows it’s OK to be less-than-skinny (just not OK to be obese!).”
What do you think? Should government step in and do something about this problem?