I never saw the HBO documentary “Thin“, but apparently it featured women who were struggling with eating disorders. The log line of the show was: “If it takes dying to get there, so be it.”
One of the women featured in the documentary, Polly, recently took her own life.
““Dieting has always been a huge part of my life. I remember all the things that are signs of eating disorders being taught by my family; cut my food into really small pieces, and chew very slowly and take your time, and drink water in between so your stomach fills up faster. I was counting calories and fat by the time I was 11.”
Am I the only person reading this and thinking, “But all this is true of me, too, and I never had an eating disorder”? Or is it just that she was from Tennessee and I grew up there, and it’s a culture which really believes everybody who’s not a white Protestant man exists at the whims of white Protestant men and must do something to prove how much more they value said men than they value their own lives?
Unlike Los Angeles, which knows the media is bullshit* where ordinary people have ample opportunity to realize everything the media tells you is bullshit and women, despite everything, have been allowed to wield at least some overt power for decades**. I mean, you only have to run into two celebrities at grocery stores before it sinks in: ah, this is all a big joke. Unfortunately, Hollywood doesn’t know or doesn’t care that people in other regions take their warped messages really, really seriously.
*Striken words replaced for clarification.
**Italicized words added for clarification.