Rebecca Judd has something to say about those “too skinny” headlines.
I don’t read The Daily Mail, it’s a tabloid type of publication which writes stories that I’m not interested in. Anyhoo, I was alerted to an article they wrote about me on the iVillage Australia website.
Intrigued, I then did a little Daily Mail search of myself to see what else they’d been up to and found that they’d sent a paparazzo up to Noosa to take creepy shots of my husband and I kissing poolside. I also noted that they pretty much pilfer any Instagram shot I upload and write some meaningless story about me, usually with the words “slender, super skinny, thin” etc.
What got me thinking the most and is probably the reason that I’m writing this, is the constant discussion of my body shape and the yo-yoing of stories such as “Rebecca shocks with scary skinny instagram photos,” to “Rebecca looks healthier while showing off her new curves in response to public backlash”.
Firstly, curves? Yeah I wish!
Lastly, the latest story published just days after the “Rebecca sports healthy body shape.” is “Has Rebecca lost weight again? Rebecca appears to have shed a few kilos while showing off her decidedly trim pins.”
REALLY? So they’re suggesting that in a matter of days, I’m too thin again and have miraculously shed kilos? Guys – get a grip.
Firstly, this is not news. In a world where ISIS is on the march, Ebola spreads like wildfire and planes are being shot out of the sky, bikini shots of me and discussion on whether I’m too thin or not IS NOT WORLD NEWS.
Secondly, media organisations are so powerful in the way they influence our social conscience. The way society talks about topics, the language they use and the perspective they take. To have a publication like The Daily Mail continually judging women’s bodies (yeah not men’s - funny that hey?) has a flow on effect in society. Likewise the discussion of body types on our own chat shows (Today, Mornings, Sunrise etc) has a similar effect.
We wonder why there are so many nasty, negative internet trolls out there and we also wonder why so many women have body issues- ummm, probably because they read The Daily Mail.
I understand that The Daily Mail is a business and needs to give it’s audience what they want, and if a headline is about a high profile person's weight then for some strange reason, everyone clicks on it. I urge media organisations, especially The Daily Mail, to take some social responsibility and be better role models into discussions about body type and health (or even better, stop discussing people’s bodies altogether- it’s none of your business and it’s certainly not important.)