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Would you put on a bathing suit, walk into a corporate office, stand under horrific fluorescent lighting, be filmed on a camera phone and broadcast on a major news organization's Facebook Live feed in front of more than 50,000 viewers?
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Making people feel bad and less worthy, discriminating against them because their appearance doesn't meet the standards set by society and media, humiliating them in public over something they have no or little control over--if this does not count as abuse, what does? And why have we been ok with it for so long?
Women are known to be are more generous, kind, nurturing and empathetic than men. We generally believe in the greater good of humankind. At the same time, however, we are also capable of secretly harbouring a somewhat catty, resentful streak within us, especially towards other females.
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If we are going to claim ourselves as true body image liberals, the least we can do is cut Parineeti Chopra some slack. If washboard abs are neither an achievement or nor of any importance in your life, so be it. But don't fret over someone else's right to get them or flaunt them. Especially when she is neither denying nor dissing yours.
Too many women I know today measure their self-worth by the space between their thighs. "Oh I want to be thin... I need a man, yaar." I don't really think this is about men. It's about other women. What follows is depression, diets and banal discussion. Some work out, some just suck it out. But either way, the thighs start to get thin, so the dresses get shorter. And the lady thinks she is "in".