Every time I see a picture of yet another Hollywood actress who has starved herself down to concentration-camp thinness, I think about this topic. It has been acute since Elizabeth posted in praise of "fat chicks" (the size she describes isn't "fat" as far as I'm concerned, but never mind).
Women are--praise God--designed differently than men. They have breasts, hips, and a discernable waist. I know I don't speak for all guys, but most guys I know like seeing those attributes. Not too many are into the Keira Knightly look. Honest. To me, let's have more women like the Winged Victory of Samothrace. I dated quite a few and ended up marrying one.
Now certainly you can be thin and not look like you're suffering from some sort of wasting disease, and I'm okay with folks like that. It's not my thing--not that if I were single I would turn down a date with Charlize Theron; I'm only human--but it's not unhealthy. This deal that society forces on women to starve themselves into a skeletal look, though, is just bizarre.
But it's not everywhere. A few weeks ago, I rented Shoot 'Em Up, a truly absurd, over-the-top guy movie that I rented primarily because it stars Clive Owen and also, as the nice, middle-aged lesbian woman behind the counter at BlockBuster pointed out, "If you don't like it, you can always ogle Monica Bellucci." (Bellucci was The Morovingian's companion in The Matrix Reloaded. Maybe you remember: "She wasn't kissing your face, my love.")
There are plenty of closeups of Bellucci in Shoot 'Em Up. She has wrinkles. There are lines around her mouth. Creases in the corners of her eyes. Her body is far too voluptuous by Hollywood standards. She's 43 years old, and sure doesn't look 23. She looks like a middle-aged woman, damn it.
And she looks fabulous.
It's not just Bellucci, either. Asia Argento in Boarding Gate is nowhere near Kate Moss territory. (Look! Flesh around a woman's wrist! What a concept!) Kate Winslet, appearing at the Academy Awards the year of Titanic, is definitely all woman, too.
I don't know what's the deal with the skelatal thing; all I can say is, bring on more women like Winslet, Argento, and Bellucci. There's an audience for them. I promise.