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Hurricane reporting and ‘fat shaming’

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Posted: Friday, September 15, 2017 9:37 am

HURRICANES AND FLOODS have been the focus of our entire nation for the past few weeks. This intense interest has enveloped not only the affected states - Texas, Florida and their neighbors - but all of us. We have watched as thousands of people have evacuated their homes. We have heard weather experts discussing the travel habits of hurricanes, and the dangers of walls of water on top of high tides. We have watched rescues by boat, and many thousands of people jammed into shelters, with thousands of volunteers and donations of money and supplies coming from across the entire country. We have seen people helping neighbors, friends and total strangers, even when they themselves have been victims of Harvey and Irma.

“If it bleeds, it leads” is a journalism truism, and we’ve seen that kind of news reports and stories. Looters armed with weapons and sledge hammers are entering abandoned homes and businesses. People without food, water and power are shown, as well as damaged or destroyed homes and other buildings. The cameras have shown us thousands of drowned cars.

The primary message, however, is that Texans and Floridians - plus their neighbors and the entire country - are reacting in a truly American way, of caring and helping others. All levels of our government - from President Trump down to mayors and cops on the front lines - are getting high praise for excelling at the difficult work they need to do.

It’s hard to find anything good about tragedies and disasters like these, but it may help to remind us of who and what we Americans basically believe and do.

FAT SHAMING seems to be a new national pastime. Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem regularly claim to be able to assist in losing up to 12 pounds in one week. (“Up to” actually includes anywhere from one to 11 pounds, so their claim is fairly safe). I haven’t seen any Weight Watcher ads recently, but they’re lurking somewhere out there.

Models in high fashion shows and magazines often wear as small as size Zero, and may be photo shopped to look even smaller. The average American woman wears a size 14 to 16. which is hardly a muu-muu.

A recent news story described a size 10 to 12 woman being told she could never be a model; too big. (A postscript: that “fatty” recently was cover model for Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue. She is now a popular Plus size model. Size 12 - a Plus?).

About that “Plus size”: as a grade schooner, I had to shop in the “Chubbies” department. Clothes there were not cute nor fashionable. They were smaller sized “old lady” clothes. Being a “chubby” was not a good thing for a kid or Plus for a grown-up.

Plus clothes are becoming more fashionable, but still cost five to ten dollars more per garment. One assumes that’s because it takes more fabric and thread to manufacture. To be logical, why don’t Petite sizes cost five to ten dollars less? Stand to reason; Petites take less fabric and less thread to stitch up a garment.

Let me be clear: seriously overweight has health threats, but so does serious underweight. So, be comfortable in your own skin. Wear what you like and what fits you and your own style.

NEW SKINNY is a slogan for a new TV ad series. Featured are half a dozen models cavorting, and each has a big butt. Or as Granddaughter Annie would say, they have “a lot of junk in the trunk.”

I know, lots of ladies have hefty rear ends, and that’s fine, but these seem so out of proportion with the rest of their bodies. Could there be such a thing as “fanny falsies”?

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