It's the Sun's reason for thinking this is an article I question more. I can see why she'd say it, I imagine it's not unusual, but how did the Sun's editor work it out in his head it was the article that was missing from the world. Maybe they do actually sit round and wonder what they can do to make the uppity women feel more shit. Hopefully a tipping point will come where it actually makes them more uppity
Nah, it's great for the Sun ... nearly-naked woman with big boobs (check!), complaining she's ugly and buying into all that crap (check!), lots of potential for readers to make knee-jerk judgments (check!).
Not her real reason for having these thoughts/saying this sort of thing -- by "her supposed reason" I meant the public-facing justification for the piece -- whether or not that comes from her or from the editorial board. What we are "supposed to" believe is her reason. What is that? That it's brave and needs to be said? That it is a necessary or helpful thing somehow, to read all about a woman's hate for her body?
Maybe it says somewhere, if I missed it, apologies, I sort of couldn't bear to read it really closely.
I don't find the Sun's actual reasoning for printing it much of a mystery, tbh
In the few moments I was skimming it earlier, I had about three or four really negative thoughts about my own body, because although I am really trying not to think that way, unfortunately I still sometimes do. And the way the article is presented seems designed to make anyone with a bit of body insecurity, in spite of themselves, think "I know what she means, I hate my breasts/belly/whatever too". Which the Sun would probably say is a good thing because it means it's relatable, right?
And for a lot of people, even though we don't want to identify with it and actively try not to let it do its nasty work on us, we will feel that sense of recognition/nodding along as an almost automatic response before we pull ourselves up and remind ourselves that it's bullshit. Even thinking it for a fleeting second is no fun. I wish I was strong enough to ward this reaction off. I intend to get there one of these days.
So reading the article = feeling like shit for lots of women; more so for someone who isn't sort of braced for it by clicking through from the MN feminism boards, but is just idly flicking through the paper.
Also: it's pathetic and annoying, but at the same time kind of a handy confirmation of our assessment of this crap, that they couldn't even be bothered to think up a token justification for it.
DM, I agree wholeheartedly. I also think that articles like this one also invite comparisons between the woman who is reading and the woman about whom the article is written i.e. where am I in relation to her. I am not yet feministically evolved to swerve those thoughts, although I am enough not to pay them any heed, in the main. This article is very different to the one about post-pregnancy bodies based on that blog that I'm sure someone else can remember the address for. That is about eliminating shame, the Sun one is about encouraging it.
I have a half-formed thought about the media encouraging narcissism, primarily in women, in terms of looks after reading a few threads on here. If it is true, then it would be a useful distraction tool, as well as fuelling the needs that are the goal of marketing bods.