Tuesday, January 21, 2014
The Lena Dunham saga
The drama surrounding Lena Dunham's Vogue cover has been quite entertaining. Anna Wintour was hailed for her open-mindedness, and feminists viewed the placement as a triumph for ordinary women everywhere.
Then Jezebel, which disapproves of airbrushing for the unrealistic images it results in, offered a $10,000 reward for anybody who could produce the original unretouched photos of Dunham. This then sparked a backlash among some feminists who accused the site of bullying and insensitivity.
Here, by the way, is a picture of Dunham looking more like herself:
But as fun as it is to watch the feminists quarrel among themselves, it's worth taking a step back to consider the larger issue of body image. Feminists have long decried the supermodels the fashion industry uses as promoting an unattainable body image for women. This is a theme you hear time and again. They feel that seeing these beautiful women will have a harmful effect on the tender psyches of girls everywhere.
I posted once before about how feminists are bent on proving women unequal. This let's-put-a-plain-woman-on-the-cover-of-Vogue campaign seems one more effort in that direction.
You simply never hear men complain about how the ripped models on the cover of Men's Health promote an unrealistic body image for impressionable young boys. You never hear men demand that they put a skinny geek on the cover of Muscle and Fitness. You never hear men whine about how Soldier of Fortune never uses models who look like Pajama Boy.
If the feminists want to prove they're the equal of men, they should stop whining and complaining so much. It's……unmanly.