The Times Thinks It’s OK To Call Male Golfers Fat: Is It Different For Girls?
COMPARE and contrast these articles in the Times:
Nov 11, 2013:
Anorexia: not just a ‘women’s illness’
Jan 25, 2014:
How to boost your daughter’s self-esteem
…Parents can help offset the toxic environment too, says Dr Sharpe. Discuss the portrayal of women’s bodies with their daughters and maintain a commentary when looking at images in magazine, on TV or online. “It’s also vital to model good body confidence and self-esteem yourself,” she says. “It’s interesting that during our trips to schools telling children not to engage in fat-talking we would go into the staff room and hear lots of it. We all do it — even I find myself doing it sometimes.”
Feb 24, 2014:
‘Lookism’ should be as reviled as racism
Feb 25, 2014:
Louise Carpenter was talking to Rebecca Adlington, the sportswoman who had been the butt of barbs about her looks:
The awfulness of it all, however, was compounded by the fact that Adlington has worried about her appearance since childhood. In terms of her insecurity and — to some extent — her self-loathing, since she became famous the Twitter bullies have been pushing on an open door.
It was a stark sign of the times, I thought, both of the potential impact of Twitter on a person’s confidence and of the quick-fix culture of beauty for young women today.
And so to today’s news in the Times:
Brian Oliver talks about “The Fat Club”:
Something strange is going on in golf…
In the summer there were wins in the United States for Boo Weekley, Ken Duke, Woody Austin and Jason Dufner, all of them noticeably overweight. Then it was the turn of the talented new star of American golf, Patrick Reed. He won for the first time in August and has followed up with a further two titles this year. Only four other golfers since 1990 have matched Reed’s achievement of three Tour wins before their 24th birthday: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and Sergio García. None of those four was ever described, as was Reed by one golf columnist, as “looking like a dump truck”.
Is it different for girls?