Frightening. The thought of it ... frightening. Weight issues ... so worrisome. But we need to address them. Whether it's overweight or underweight ... we need to change our eating habits! Congrats on your DD!
It's a she, a woman and died because she was too slim. (It's her vomit mixed with her blood) But just take a closer look to the picture, to the magazines and so on, then you will understand what is it about.
Lived with a grandmother that still fights this problem everyday.
Hers wasn't brought about by pop culture (it started when she was very young and had little access to pop culture) but by the mental abuse that her family put on her. They constantly called her fat-- proving that this isn't just a pop culture problem-- its much deeper than that.
This is an amazingly stunning piece, it cuts me close to him and really digs deep, like good art is suppose to.
this art piece explains it all its true and bulimia is becoming a serious issue for all women and we must prevent this from happening , so this poster you design is the great way to spread awareness about this issue , excellent job !
The thing about this piece that makes it twisted is the medicine spilt all over the chair, the brightly coloured clothing, and the magazines that say stuff like "Top 10 reasons to hate yourself" and "Be hot or Be not". The picture expresses many different messages. I love it.
I feel like the image of beauty in America is changing in non-metropolitan areas, and most guys I knew preferred girls with a little meat on their bones. But I had a few friends who were naturally really, really skinny, and I wonder how they feel about seeing art like this. I now live in Japan and my Japanese husband is trying his best to pack on muscle and eats everything in sight, but I don't think he will ever weigh more than 150 lbs. I know men and women here who are naturally skinny like this. I HATE all the ads here that tell me women who are 140 lbs are obese and at a size 4 I was always called fat by Japanese people who naturally were very small and thin and under a size 0, but that is part of the culture shock for me as an American. I always wonder if the reason Asians aren't in many American movies is because actors and actresses here strive to be so thin, when Americans favor muscular actors and actresses who are not chubby but have SOME shape to them.
Interesting work. The neon colors against her dull skin palette add a nice contrast.
Oh my gosh! How crazy to be told one thing from your doctor and then get praised for being sickly thin by friends! That must have been so confusing for you. I have seen many girls here that look anorexic and I worry if they are purposely not eating or if they are naturally thin.
In Japan you can get a magazine called "la farfa" and it might cheer you up. It's a body positive magazine that features every kind of body shape (and size) from size M and up. It is marketed as a "fatgirl/chubbygirl" magazine but they do actually feature size M. The covergirl is usually the biggest model in the magazine, it doesn't mean that they are all that big. I thought it was nice to see cute girls who were actually bigger than myself, and sometimes much bigger. Next to the models they state the models height, weight, bust, waist and hip which can be extremely helpful for choosing clothes. The girls range from roughly 55kg to 120 kg (cool right!) and the mag teaches readers to dress for your size in a cute way, and where to find cute clothes in plus sizes. They also take tall people into account, not everybody is a petite japanese 155cm tall girl.
I've stopped reading it (and buying it) because it just makes me sad, being overweight is not my biggest problem but having an unattractive face is. Most of the models have extremely cute faces, I won't be able to rock the same clothes as they do even if they do make clothes in my size. If I did wear those clothes people would call me "whipped cream over a turd" again.
Oh wow, I've never heard of that magazine! I wonder if it's newish, since I haven't really looked for fashion magazines in the last few years (basically since I gained weight and GASP became a size 6), but I checked out the website and it looks like it might be worth seeking out! I even got a cute font from their website, haha XD
And wow, people said that to you?? That must be so frustrating to not be able to wear what you want to wear without getting condescending remarks. Those people are such assholes! If you aren't a model or someone paid to look "beautiful", who cares what you look like?? Man, people suck sometimes. Sorry you got told such a mean thing...
La farfa is quite new, I think they started in 2013. I got so excited when I saw them on yesasia online bookshop that I ordered the first 4 or so. It's totally refreshing to see such a body positive magazine from japan, flipping through the pages just made me happy. It's definitely worth buying if you can spare 650 yen. There was such media outrage when the magazine came out, many people held the view that such a magazine (and allowing fat people to wear nice clothes) would encourage obesity. The magazines president had to do a press conference to clear things up. She said "you can't lose weight overnight, it's okay to wear cute clothes at every weight point, you don't have to hide yourself" I can't find the corresponding video but this comes close (starts at 2 minute mark) www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BqC7y… I think it is a great leap forward for japan, they've gotten stuck in an idea of mono-beauty for so many years now. The prevailing idea, still, is that if you are overweight (and female) you should hide in a cave until you are normal again. It's completely strange if you think about it, so many men actually like chubby women and japanese culture is so obsessed with food.
I live in the Netherlands, a country where it's common to get harassed on the streets. The motto is "the nail that sticks out gets hammered down" and by hammered down we mean "gets garbage thrown at them in the streets, verbal harassment, people touch you in mean ways". If you are; -too fat -too skinny -disabled -deformed -extremely ugly -have down syndrome -wearing alternative fashion (read; not what everyone else is wearing at the moment) -eating in public if you are fat -too smart/well read/too intellectual -too tall for a female -too short for a male the first 8 will give you high risk of harassment, that's just what the culture here is like. What people do to you in public (in streets, stores, restaurants) is a lot like bullying, they'll try to put gum in your hair, try to trip you up, shout at you, try to embarrass you, throw things at you (incl. beverages), talk about you and make sure you hear it, they'll run up to you from behind and try to lift your shirt or skirt up and much much more. The dutch motto has a direct translation and it's "be normal, that's already crazy enough" in a way to emphasize how much effort you should put into trying to conform. If you have a hobby here it's better to keep it to yourself or between like minded friends, if you prefer books over tv then you're too brainy and need some mind numbing media to put you back into your place, if you like certain aspects of other cultures you're automatically a traitor to your own country. In other words; there is no place for individuality here, calvinism is really still going strong. That's why I wear jeans, all stars sneakers and plain t-shirts. And I still get harassed occasionally, most likely because my lower jaw is slightly set back. The dutch pride themselves on being "straightforward and honest" but many abuse that and use it as an excuse to be jerks. If you do something out of free will that makes you stand out, and if you get harassed (like beaten up) because of that, people will say "maybe you shouldn't wear those clothes anymore if you don't want harassment" like it's somehow your own fault and the harassers were right. The funny thing is that the netherlands markets themselves as being "the most tolerant country in the world" with our legal gay marriage, legal marijuana, legal prostitution, tolerance of all genders, ages, religions and ethnic backgrounds. The bitter truth being that you are welcome as long as you look like everyone else, if you don't then you are screwed and free to be hunted. I don't hate my own country, but this is a bad side of it.
Oh wow, that totally changes my opinion of the Netherlands! I too had always seen the country as very open, so I'm very surprised to hear that it is not actually so in reality. That's a shame... From what I have heard from other people on dA, bullying in Europe is so much worse than it is here in Japan and in places like America. When I was a kid, I was overweight but I was never called fat by anyone until I came to Japan, and even in Japan people don't realize they are being assholes when they say it (that doesn't make it right, though). Bullying in my school was pretty tame in high school... it existed but it wasn't that bad, and it's almost non-existent after you go off to college. But I have heard some really frightening stories about bullying in European countries where people have gotten physically abused and even the police or teachers won't help them, etc etc. That's crazy. Your country seemed so beautiful and friendly on travel shows, but I guess things aren't always what they seem. That's so unfortunate that you can't just "be yourself" in your own home
Yeah, Japan is making some efforts it looks like. They are trying to branch out more I think, but they still have a ways to go. I hope your country becomes more accepting of people's differences as well!
The Netherlands are very open in a way and we won't discriminate based on gender, age, religion, ethnic background, race, skin colour and sexual orientation. You won't be treated badly for those "differences". It really is a mixing pot of all races and cultures. The problem stems from times when the netherlands was predominantly caucasian and when it was very strictly religious. The calvinistic norms and morals have never gone away since then and it has become part of our national identity. There is this "punish the outsider" mentality towards people who are different in ways of the kind of clothes you wear or the way you present yourself that's different. Calvinism means leading a lifestyle that eschews displays of wealth, pleasure and individuality. For example if a lady has long glittery over the top nails or when you decide to wear alternative clothes you will be treated badly. There is this immense pressure to fit in with everyone else. Individuality is not seen as a positive thing, it is looked down upon and people will say "you should know better". Not too long ago a young girl was beaten to a pulp just for wearing gothic clothes, I expected the perps to be the same age but it turns out the two men who did this were freaking grown ass adults. After receiving first aid and going to the police she shared her photo's on social media, the response was underwhelming. The only people who commented positively were like minded people (they wore alternative fashions as well), and maybe a family member or two. There was almost no response from "normal" people, and if they did it was negative along the lines of "that bitch deserved it". The girl was just buying some french fries at a fryshop, there was no indication that she did anything to provoke them.
I think it is the same in many european countries with strong calvinistic norms and morals. But dutch people are often aggressive bastards so it would not surprise me if we were the worst of the bunch. Don't get me wrong, I don't hate my home country. I just don't like this one aspect of it.
I had always thought bullying was the same as it was in the US, but maybe not. I have some experience with it (who doesn't) mostly because I stood out in some years of school. I quickly learned how to fit in and be like them but couldn't make that change quick enough, mostly because the bullies won't let you become normal that fast. If you do it too fast they think you are just faking it in order to get away from bullying. You have to do it slowly enough so it seems like a natural evolution.
When you are the fat kid in elementary school or high school people will bully you, it is a popular excuse for bullying. I was born in 1984 so I entered school in the 90's. Reasons for bullying were being fat, having glasses, braces, having poor parents, being shorter than your peers, getting breasts early (it was mainly the girls that bullied, the boys didn't even notice or care) and wearing off-brand clothes. I can't imagine kids being bullied for wearing glasses in 2014, by maybe it does still happen.
The biggest problem with bullying in europe is that it often does escalate towards being beaten up or any other severe physical violence. Not saying that psychological warfare is any better, but if you are bullied severely your life is in danger. But (big but) we don't have mass school shootings like in the US.
The teachers won't do anything (for whatever reason) and the police will say the responsibility lies with the teachers so you're pretty much on your own because the person that is bullied usually has no friends at all. The class bully will "elect" a black sheep from the herd and single them out as a bully victim. That way the whole class can do whatever they want without much consequence. It gets a lot more difficult if it's two groups going against each other so electing 1 black sheep and excluding them works best.
I have heard of Japans ease in calling someone fat, they usually don't mean it in a bad way and it's more of a "hey have you put on weight? you look a bit fat today" in the same way they would remark upon a new coat or new shoes. China and South Korea do the same thing. I know they sometimes call you fat out of malice too, but for me it somehow doesn't hurt that much compared to if a caucasian was saying the same thing. I mean it's not as if I am in the same "body league" as the Japanese. There's plenty of japanese people who will call a girl with a bmi of 24 a "debu". That kind of puts things in perspective. I'm an inbetweenie, too short for dutch standards and on the tall side for japanese standards. I'm built like a farm girl with broad shoulders, broad hips, small waist and adequate bust. I don't fit into any japanese one-size-fits-all clothes unless it has a tonne of shirring and adjustable straps.
Yeah, that's what I am hoping will change. I am hoping your country will start to allow more individuality without trying to make everyone the same. That is still so strange to me!
I was born in 1983 (maybe we were the same graduating class? haha) and I was a smart kid but I was also an artist. I think people tried to bully me because I was kind of weird, but I either didn't fall for their pranks or I would threaten them back if they started taunting me. I remember in 6th grade a popular football player pretended to ask me out, and they were expecting me to say yes so he could maybe say "Why would I ever date a nerd like you?!". I remember I didn't realize it was a joke, but I turned the guy down because I thought it was out of nowhere and weird, so the rest of the week kids were talking about how that football player got dumped by a nerd, haha. It backfired a bit. By high school I don't remember ever being bullied anymore... I had friends in all social groups. But I hated middle school, that was a tough three years. Never got assaulted, but I got some verbal insults and backtalk here and there.
I can only think of one kid who was kind of bullied in high school because he smelled bad and was a real jerk. I think he probably grew up in a bad home, but in high school nobody really considered that sort of thing, I guess. But I never saw him get food dumped on him or kicked or anything. I never saw that kind of bullying after middle school.
Yeah, in America school shootings have become kind of normal, which is really sad. But a lot of those shooters are mentally ill or something, and they said they were tired of being "ignored". But I have heard that cyber bullying is getting popular... that wasn't a thing when I was a kid, thankfully, but it seems to have replaced physical bullying in some ways.
In America, if that Goth girl who got beat up posted her pics to Facebook, it would have been a big deal. People would have gotten really upset by it. I wonder if people in the Netherlands are just too afraid to say anything... which is sad I hope that girl buying french fries is doing better.
Yeah, in Japan hateful comments are really casual like that. My husband actually calls me fat pretty regularly, and has since we started dating. He doesn't just say I'm fat, though, he calls me other things, like a monster or if we are watching TV and there is a cow he'll say "Oh look, you're on TV", etc. At first I didn't mind it, but when you hear it over and over and over it really starts to become hurtful. I actually started to gain weight last year and it's gotten so bad I told him he wasn't allowed to call me "fat" or make jokes about me anymore, because I really have become "fat" by Japanese standards. He still forgets and makes jokes, and he looks really surprised when I get upset. I don't think Japanese people understand that it's hurtful because I don't think MOST Japanese people have ever really been fat, so they don't know what it feels like to be called that. I think they are also mimicking what they hear on TV, since there are a lot of "fat" comedians who get laughed at for being fat for a living. The comedians don't get upset, they just laugh or make a joke, but I think it must be awful to make a living by going on TV and getting called "fat" every day. I would bet some of those people are really hurt by it, but bear it because it has become their job.
I graduated from high school in 2001, I was 17. When you graduate here depends on what route you take. If you take the Low-medium IQ route you graduate at 16 (so you can do manual labour as soon as possible), if you take medium-high IQ route you graduate at 17, and if you take the high-outstanding IQ route you graduate at 18. Your IQ is tested at age 12/13 and it helps you choose a route. If it happens that you can't keep up in your chosen route you are advised to drop a level (but not a year). I've heard that the US system is different.
I hope the netherlands will change, but I don't see that happening any time soon.
"but I turned the guy down because I thought it was out of nowhere and weird" that's pretty cool
"Yeah, in America school shootings have become kind of normal, which is really sad. But a lot of those shooters are mentally ill or something, and they said they were tired of being "ignored"." Can't severe bullying or being left out cause mental illness? IMO a normal person can snap if they experience enough hardship.
"I wonder if people in the Netherlands are just too afraid to say anything... which is sad I hope that girl buying french fries is doing better." You've got a point; they are afraid. But at the same time they are the ones who keep on enforcing that kind of "punish the outsider" behaviour. It's them doing it and there's no higher power (like law, or government) forcing them to keep this kind of thing happening. It's kind of like "side with the bullies and you are safe yourself, but you have to do some bullying in order to stay at the bullies side". I don't think dutch people are afraid of those two adult men who beat up that girl, but I do think they are afraid to say that it was wrong of them to do so. That is, if they even think it's wrong. I mostly get the impression that dutch people are so indoctrinated that they don't even think it's that wrong that a girl can get beat up just for dressing different. I think they just reason in ways of "cause" and "effect". If you dress differently out of free will you "cause" the "effect". It's victim blaming in its purest form. I wish I could just wear whatever the hell I liked without getting any reaction from people on the streets, that would be heaven.
"Yeah, in Japan hateful comments are really casual like that." Isn't the biggest problem that they don't see it as hateful? I think they have no idea what effect this has on people who were raised in different cultures. I know 3 people who've been to Japan for a long term, and 2 of them weren't even above BMI 22 so I gather they didn't get any weight related comments. The one girl who was heavier was about BMI 26. We were discussing sexual harassment in Japan, and talking about how safe we both would be since we were both caucasian, had unattractive faces and were overweight. With the " I'm safe from creepy dudes" idea in mind she went to study in Japan. A most unexpected thing happened. Right now I think it's quite hilarious because of the context, but I bet she didn't think it was funny back then. She was on public transport when a man decided it would be a good idea to repeatedly rub his crotch on her upper legs. Definitely weird. She quickly moved to another compartment when he put his hands between her knees. Even weirder. The lesson I learned from this is that being ugly, fat and a foreigner does not guarantee you exclusion from sexual harassment in japan.
"He still forgets and makes jokes, and he looks really surprised when I get upset." He'll learn.
"but I think it must be awful to make a living by going on TV and getting called "fat" every day. I would bet some of those people are really hurt by it, but bear it because it has become their job." Some people just give up and kind of accept that they will always be fat, after that they decide to make some money of it if they can. I find it hard to believe that they never get their feelings hurt about the fat jokes or bad treatment based on weight, I've always thought that even the people who say they like their overweightness probably kind of have some fat-complex.
I always love art like this. Gruesome, colorful, and disturbingly true. The idea and image for the typical female in the modern world (not just created by men but society itself) is Skinny and thin = beautiful. Great job on this.