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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Beyond Disgusting

From Blogging Baby today, high school girls are being rated on their physical attributes as well as other things that I'd just as soon not go into here.

The scorecard system probably isn't new but this one became public and the school is taking action against the offenders.

BB has a link to the Salon article. If you're not a subscriber, no problem. You can read it by watching a very short ad (also gives you the rest of the magazine for that day if you're interested.

4 Comments:

  • At Thursday, April 27, 2006 9:42:00 PM , Blogger Carrie Oakey said...

    The only girls who don't like this are the ugly ones who get a low rating or the ones that put out to get a high rating! When you're as beautiful as I, you don't need someone else's affirmation!

     
  • At Thursday, April 27, 2006 11:22:00 PM , Blogger Granny said...

    I know - it must be awful to ward all them off constantly.

     
  • At Friday, April 28, 2006 3:25:00 AM , Blogger Alice said...

    Great.
    Yet another way to make girls obsess about their looks.
    *Sigh*
    I pray for the day when a woman’s appearance is just PART of her, and not the be-all-and-end-all of who she is. In my opinion, this century has got what’s “hot” ALL wrong anyway; and personally I can’t wait until the stick-thin-boy-with-boobs-stuck-on look goes out of fashion and the media along with the narrow minded finally wake up to the fact that there are many different types of beauty, not just ONE. I will also be glad when boys cease to be brainwashed into thinking that there is only one way to be considered attractive and are allowed to degrade women and girls by keeping score on how ‘fit’ (in inverted commas to emphasize the irony) they are.

    That would be it from me, but before I go, just need to have a quick word with Carrie about her wonderfully eloquent and thought out points…

    "The only girls who don't like this are the ugly ones who get a low rating or the ones that put out to get a high rating!...”

    Jesus, I so hope that what I’ve been told is true, and that you’re not for real, because if you are, I despair. I thought it couldn’t get any worse that that, but no, reading on I realized I was wrong;

    “When you're as beautiful as I, you don't need someone else's affirmation! "

    Uh-huh. Well, speaking as a girl who likes to be thought of as worthy whether I'm hot or clever or both (I'm both, by the way, and after a startling epiphany a few months back, I don’t particularly care what “rating” I would get) I am deeply insulted on behalf of my fellow females that such “score keeping” is STILL going on.

    You know, it’d be great if everyone was as confident as you, Carrie, you know with you being one of the not “ugly” ones (way to prove my point here, by the way, that women ARE judged on looks), but not everyone is, and media and modern society as a whole have made them the way they are; insecure and frightened that they are not worthy because they don’t look like they are ‘supposed’ to: stick thin and long legged with big breasts. Because let’s face it, that IS what is considered to be “beautiful” these days, right Carrie? Never mind the fact that only around 5% (I’m estimating here, going by what I have seen personally) of the population NATURALLY look that way – nope, skinny and long legged with big breasts is best. And I’m betting that it is that look that the girls talked about are being scored on.

    …Oh, and one more thing. As well as being good looking in my own way AND brainy, I am also a girl who tends to speak with devastating honesty, and I have to say it:

    Carrie honey *looks at photo incredulously * if that is what you look like in real life then I feel sorry for you. I mean, it could be the angle of the picture or the fact that maybe your top half doesn't photograph well, but I can see you bones jutting out around your shoulders. Frankly, you seem anorexic, and judging by your expression, also possessed.

    My advise to you is to eat something, and call a priest - and not necessarily in that order.

    K? :-)

     
  • At Friday, April 28, 2006 9:09:00 PM , Blogger Worried said...

    OOOOO!!! Touche, Alice!!

     

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