A propos of the fat/thin discussion of a couple of days ago, blamer Rebecca sends the following communiqué. If you’re pressed for time, I’ll give you a synopsis: She blames the patriarchy for a consumer electronic woman-shrinker, and closes with a poetical expression of her acute sensitivity to and appreciation for Truth and Beauty (I have helpfully put that part in boldface).
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I blame the patriarchy for HP’s newest photography tool: the slimming feature.
From the HP website:
“With the new slimming feature, anyone can appear more slender, instantly! The slimming feature, available on select HP digital camera models, is a subtle effect that can instantly trim off pounds from the subjects in your photos!”
Note that the demo makes it clear that “anyone” = women. Women are the targets for digital slimming, presumably because women of the body sizes found in nature disgust the fat, pasty, balding guys who designed this feature.
Because the women used as models are already slim, dammit, I guess we can file this under “when eating disorders go digital.”
BTW, I have been reading your blog for several months, and it is my favorite. You’re the best. Keep up the good blaming!