So I was reading the paper today, and there it was: another newspaper article about women and weight and how society encourages women to make themselves conform to "unnatural" sizes. And this isn't a new thing.. so many times, these articles go on and on and on about how a 'real' woman has got curves, and how skinny women with no hips and no breasts just aren't natural. OK. I do, do, understand that there are huge problems with media representations of thinness and that many women and girls suffer eating disorders. These are very serious issues. But I am 'naturally' skinny -- I always have been, and I can't do anything about it. I haven't got hips or breasts -- and it sucks, but it's the natural shape that I am. I don't starve myself at all, and I don't look more beautiful because I'm skinny, either. ush: Also, when I used to live in dorms, the woman in charge used to put extra food on my plate, insisting that I "was too skinny" and that I "needed it." Kind of pushy, though she meant well. Just not understanding the plight of the skinny, though! She also gave me a little information flyer about eating disorders, and I was very embarrassed -- never had even occurred to me that anyone could even think that. No disorders here, thankfully! Other thing. People always feel the need to point it out to me. They say things like: "There you are, you skinny little thing!". Yet they would never say the same thing to an overweight person -- they never say "There you are, you big fat thing"... I realize that people do think that nobody should be mind having the whole being skinny thing pointed out to them, but I do find that it's a personal comment, no matter what. :cry: Having said all that, I'm not truly obsessed over this -- not really ranting. Just more slightly amused and wondering if I am alone?? I am a 'natural' and a 'real' woman. I swear it. But I don't have hips. Sigh!