j.k rowling has had a pop at the culture of skinny. in an article on her website entitled “For Girls Only, Probably” she described finding herself on along journey “reading a magazine that featured several glossy photographs of a very young woman who is either seriously ill or suffering from an eating disorder (which is, of course, the same thing); anyway, there is no other explanation for the shape of her body.
“She can talk about eating absolutely loads, being terribly busy and having the world’s fastest metabolism until her tongue drops off (hooray! Another couple of ounces gone!), but her concave stomach, protruding ribs and stick-like arms tell a different story.
“This girl needs help, but, the world being what it is, they’re sticking her on magazine covers instead.
“All this passed through my mind as I read the interview, then I threw the horrible thing aside.”
“I’ve got two daughters who will have to make their way in this skinny-obsessed world, and it worries me, because I don’t want them to be empty-headed, self-obsessed, emaciated clones; I’d rather they were independent, interesting, idealistic, kind, opinionated, original, funny a thousand things, before ‘thin’.”
she finished by stating “Let my girls be Hermiones”
(she also had a moan in a seperate entry about the lack of stationary supplies in edinburgh… it’s true, there’s not even a proper w.h smith’s anymore!)
*the header image shows j.k.r with her portrait by Stuart Pearson Wright *