It has been a while since a blog has been posted on PASEF; this is mostly due to the fact that the PASEF helpline has just been launched and we wanted to take a little time to spread the word.
In the meantime, I want to pass on a link to a very interesting blog. This was written by the actress Scarlett Johansson, star of films such as The Island, Scoop, Match Point, In Good Company, and many others.
Image courtesy of Filmweb
- "Since dedicating myself to getting into 'superhero shape,' several articles regarding my weight have been brought to my attention. Claims have been made that I've been on a strict workout routine regulated by co-stars, whipped into shape by trainers I've never met, eating sprouted grains I can't pronounce and ultimately losing 14 pounds off my 5'3" frame. Losing 14 pounds out of necessity in order to live a healthier life is a huge victory. I'm a petite person to begin with, so the idea of my losing this amount of weight is utter lunacy. If I were to lose 14 pounds, I'd have to part with both arms. And a foot. I'm frustrated with the irresponsibility of tabloid media who sell the public ideas about what we should look like and how we should get there.
- Every time I pass a newsstand, the bold yellow font of tabloid and lifestyle magazines scream out at me: 'Look Who's Lost It!' 'They Were Fabby and Now They're Flabby!' 'They Were Flabby and Now They're Flat!' We're all aware of the sagas these glossies create: 'Look Who's Still A Sea Cow After Giving Birth to Twins!' Or the equally perverse: 'Slammin' Post Baby Beach Bodies Just Four Days After Crowning!'
- According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), as many as 10 million females and 1 million males living in the US are fighting a life and death battle with anorexia or bulimia. I'm someone who has always publicly advocated for a healthy body image and the idea that the media would maintain that I have lost an impossible amount of weight by some sort of 'crash diet' or miracle workout is ludicrous. I believe it's reckless and dangerous for these publications to sell the story that these are acceptable ways to looking like a 'movie star.'"
I encourage you to read the rest of her blog entry. It's good to hear a woman in the entertainment industry admit how irresponsibly the media lies to normal women who aren't paid to be watched.
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