Tag: body image

23Jun

Caitlyn/Bruce/etc…

Perhaps the one point worth making here is that Bruce Jenner is 66 years old. Not 26, not 36, not even 46 — he/she/whatever is 66. At the risk of sounding crass, when a 66 year old woman walks into a plastic surgeon and has herself converted into a 20-odd year old woman, what do we think? That she really identifies as a younger woman and deserves the surgery? Or, “wow, that’s pretty sick — she’s not really setting a good example for children in terms of body image…” And yet, when a 66 year old man goes into surgery and comes out as a 20-odd year old woman, we all say, “wow, how cool!”

Shouldn’t we be thinking something’s wrong here — regardless of the transgender bits surrounding this story?

I am perfectly willing to grant that Jenner does not feel comfortable being a man. And I don’t doubt that he wants to be able to think of himself as a woman. But judging from what we’ve seen so far, his concept of what it means to be a woman consists—in the absence of the actual experiences that would form a genuine female psychology—of a grab-bag of stereotypes and clichés. It’s drag queen femininity: an exaggerated parody of the real thing.

For the record, I’m not even comfortable with the transgender bits. Is it at all possible we’re taking the “be anything you want to be” and “follow your dreams” a bit too far for once? Or must we accept and support everyone, no matter what they “identify” as?

16Aug

The Body Politic

What is it with our modern culture, and our obsession with our bodies?

Politics is all about our bodies — who gets free birth control and abortions, healthcare costs, controlling people’s diets, who wears what, what people look like, the “war on women.”

Eve Ensler famously said: “My vagina’s furious and it needs to talk.” Our vaginas need to talk, too. They need to talk about the way women’s rights are threatened worldwide… -Code Pink

Isn’t the message of the left that men and women are more than their bodies? Then why “bring your vaginas?” Isn’t that just sexism? Isn’t the message of the left that people are more than the color of their skin? Then why the focus on affirmative action (which is just plain racism)? Why the constant playing of the race card?Isn’t the message of the left that people are more than their bodies? Then why must all leftist humor be body humor?

There is, of course, a precedent for out obsession.

When Jehu came to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it. And she painted her eyes and adorned her head and looked out of the window. And as Jehu entered the gate, she said, “Is it peace, you Zimri, murderer of your master?” And he lifted up his face to the window and said, “Who is on my side? Who?” Two or three eunuchs looked out at him. He said, “Throw her down.” So they threw her down. -2 Kings 9:30-33

Jezebel was the queen who brought Baal worship to Israel with a passion. Her husband, the king, killed a man through false accusations for a vineyard. She killed the prophets of God because they exposed her to public ridicule. Jehu has just killed her husband, the king, and is now riding into Jezreel to finish the job by killing the worst woman in Israel’s history, Jezebel.

And she’s painting her face.

Why? Because she’s obsessed with the way she looks. Maybe she thinks Jehu won’t kill a beautiful woman, or she just wants to die looking good.

This is what happens when a society sinks into the quagmire of paganism — the body is all. It’s politics, it’s humor, it’s social status, it’s life.

We have become Jezebel.

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