OK mag touts Kate’s post baby ‘weight loss regime’


12:44 pm - July 24th 2013

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Is the focus on Kate Middleton’s post-birth weight OK? Of course it’s not.

But then I think this goes some way towards underlining the extent to which patriarchal societal norms are vigorously enforced by women for other women.

I haven’t read inside (pbuh), but I’m going to presume that OK’s focus is purely physical. There are many, severe mental health problems associated with childbirth. Many are covered here by NICE and they aren’t discussed enough.

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But then I think this goes some way towards underlining the extent to which patriarchal societal norms are vigorously enforced by women for other women.

Oh noes!!! Women dares get into shape after child birth! The patriarchy!!!!! Did you know there are health problems associated with childbirth!!!! The patriarchy!!!!!

The persistent problem of course is that if women weren’t interested in the material that OK and others produce, then said magazines wouldn’t exist. Because it sure as shit ain’t the fellas that are keeping those rags in business.

Then of course there’s the paradox of “patriarchy demands unrealistic expectations of the female form, because fashion magazines largely consumed by women” versus “it’s not all about you men all the time”, whenever men venture that – contrary to attributed unrealistic expectations – they actually find ‘fuller’ female figures sexually desirable and attractive.
Course that might have something to do with the old saying about how women dress to impress other women.

Course that might have something to do with the old saying about how women dress to impress other women.

Which is a load of crap but it would be to much for the modern independent women to admit she does something to attract men, even though she is biologicaly programed to, her femanists sisters would not approve.

As for getting in shape after something as trying as pregnancy, what self respecting women would not? There will always be a few on the side lines who scream victim!
This is so unfair!

4. Man on Clapham Omnibus

‘underlining the extent to which patriarchal societal norms are vigorously enforced by women for other women’

So in what way can these norms be regarded as patriachal?

A Hello magazine standard of analysis me thinks!

5. Shatterface

I haven’t read inside (pbuh), but I’m going to presume that OK’s focus is purely physical.

Well, if you are going to presume something it’s probably best not to read the actual contents and risk forming an informed opinion.

It could be that women might be concerned over their weight because they don’t want to die of obesity but how would I know?

6. Shatterface

Then of course there’s the paradox of “patriarchy demands unrealistic expectations of the female form, because fashion magazines largely consumed by women” versus “it’s not all about you men all the time”, whenever men venture that – contrary to attributed unrealistic expectations – they actually find ‘fuller’ female figures sexually desirable and attractive.

There’s a certain breed of feminist – mainly men – who assume that the only reason women would want to be slim is to please them.

There’s are direct correlations between obesity, ill health (physical and mental) and an early death. Britain has an obesity epidemic – but because some pseudofeminists think women are brainless bimbos who’s only concern with weight loss is to look pretty for men they can’t concieve of women who might as rational agents chosing not to live a healthy life style.

If this were an article about magic pills that would magically make weight disappear or cosmetic surgery the author might have a fucking point; but no, it’s an interview with a personal trainer – someone advocating exercise and a healthy diet.

7. Shatterface

Gargh! Should be:

There’s are direct correlations between obesity, ill health (physical and mental) and an early death. Britain has an obesity epidemic – but because some pseudofeminists think women are brainless bimbos who’s only concern with weight loss is to look pretty for men they can’t concieve of women who might act as rational agents by chosing to live a healthy life style.

Ahahaha. Come the fuck off it you guys.

1) Read OK? Life is short. I’m 26. I’ve only read two Tolstoy novels so far. What do you expect of me?

2) Pseudofeminist? You cut me.

Now, what’s your main point

3) There’s are direct correlations between obesity, ill health (physical and mental) and an early death. Britain has an obesity epidemic – but because some pseudofeminists think women are brainless bimbos who’s only concern with weight loss is to look pretty for men they can’t concieve of women who might act as rational agents by chosing to live a healthy life style.

If this were an article about magic pills that would magically make weight disappear or cosmetic surgery the author might have a fucking point; but no, it’s an interview with a personal trainer – someone advocating exercise and a healthy diet.

Fucking stupid on so many levels (I’m only rude because I know you can take it Shatterface).

1) I’m not talking about Kate’s motives for getting back into shape. I’d hate to have a flabby belly and excess skin. I’d sort it out and I have no trouble believing lots of women would too for reasons entirely separate from men’s views of the subject.

2) This isn’t obesity, she’s a perfectly normal weight and even if she didn’t lose any weight (or even gained another stone) Kate would remain a totally normal weight.

3) Not only would that weight be normal, but it would be associated with a lower mortality rate than her old, lower body mass index.

In fact, according to the Metastudy here http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1555137&atab=7 the panic around weight gain is totally misguided. Being slightly overweight, as currently measured, is good for you. Obesity is bad for your health. Being a bit fat prolongs your life (as someone who enjoys steaks more than runs, I’m seriously looking into lifestyle choice)

4) We’re talking about OK. Who have priors of reinforcing bullshit body image issues in women and in promoting fad diets and nonsense about Bikini Bods, Getting Ready for Summer and blah, blah, fucking blah.

5) Anything else guys?

9. Man on Clapham Omnibus

8. Left Outside

‘I’d hate to have a flabby belly and excess skin. I’d sort it out and I have no trouble believing lots of women would too for reasons entirely separate from men’s views of the subject’

This underlies the issue for me. If physical form is important to you then why shouldnt it be important to everyone else? If it important to everyone then why shouldnt magazines write about it?

Given there are a wide range of opinions why,in a pluralistic society,should these not be expressed.

Personally I dont give a shit about Kate’s kid or her BMI
but given everyone is wrapped up in Disney (mostly women I would suggest) it seems a good finacial move to exploit it to the hilt until the next time someone posh looses a glass slipper.

10. Dan Factor

Stop blaming this fictional thing called patriarchy for women being judgmental about other women’s appearance.
It absolves them from responsibility for their own nastyness .

11. Shatterface

1) I’m not talking about Kate’s motives for getting back into shape.

No, you are distegarding Kate’s motives – along with those of other women – to indulge in paranoid fantasies about ‘patriarchy

I’d hate to have a flabby belly and excess skin. I’d sort it out and I have no trouble believing lots of women would too for reasons entirely separate from men’s views of the subject.

Well, now you are advocating changes to women’s bodies for cosmetic reasons while I am defending their right to lose weight for health reasons.

4) We’re talking about OK. Who have priors of reinforcing bullshit body image issues in women and in promoting fad diets and nonsense about Bikini Bods, Getting Ready for Summer and blah, blah, fucking blah.

Yet you chose to address your manufactured outrage at an entirely different article.

Ahem….

In fact, according to the Metastudy here http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1555137&atab=7 the panic around weight gain is totally misguided. Being slightly overweight, as currently measured, is good for you. Obesity is bad for your health. Being a bit fat prolongs your life (as someone who enjoys steaks more than runs, I’m seriously looking into lifestyle choice)

In addition, say doctors, weight alone may not be enough to understand an individual’s risk of developing disease and dying early. The latest research shows, for example, that it’s not just the fat that comes with weight gain, but the type of fat, particularly fat that accumulates around the belly, that might be more life-threatening. All of which suggests that the connection between weight and health is a complicated one that may not be measured simply in years lived.

Not as straight forward as you make out, stop encouraging people to get fat so you can feel comfortable about your own body image.

“Is the focus on Kate Middleton’s post-birth weight OK? Of course it’s not.”

Actually, it is!

Bottom line is, she is a posho and no one on the left should be bothered about her.

Plus, I’d imagine the millions of pounds, servants, palace, Rolls Royces etc. ought to numb whatever pain she feels at such articles, don’t you think?

“Not as straight forward as you make out, stop encouraging people to get fat so you can feel comfortable about your own body image.”

Ooh, are you trying to make fun of me for being fat?

Interesting.

This video post is really fantastic, the echo quality and the picture feature of this video post is in fact awesome.


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