If I remember correctly, Carole Shaw’s original BBW Magazine carried the following statement on each and every cover: “Beauty Comes In All Sizes.”
Beauty comes in all sizes, and it’s not Regular Guys who are driving women to anorexia. The fashion industry isn’t dominated by Regular Guys. The editors of Vogue and Cosmo, the designers and photographers and fashion reporters aren’t Regular Guys. No, the beauty industry is run by women and gay men, and so if you want to point the finger about “body image” issues in the fashion culture, don’t point the finger at the “oppressive patriarchy.”
Back in the Good Old Days, when men were men, and Ike was president, and godless commie pinko traitors were sent to prison where they belong, the ideal of beauty was Marilyn Monroe, who certainly wasn’t skinny.
Although she didn’t exactly wear a size 16, either.
I am loath, however, to blame all this on, for instance, Twiggy, who wasn’t at all known for backing away from the table after a second sprig of parsley; I’ve known women of comparable diameter who could outeat me, and I was quite the trencherman in my day.