Essay on Black Hair And Full Breast By Susie Orbach

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Today in the United States, we have many different outlets that are trying to tell women what they should look like and ultimately what they should eat. Women are under attack. They are hard pressed to conform to the social stereotypes that change with the seasons. As Susie Orbach puts it “ [For women to be beautiful]... the job is never ending, for the image changes from year to year. In the early 1960s, the only way to feel acceptable was to be skinny and flat chested with long straight hair… Then in the early 1970’s the look was curly hair and full breast.” Orbach uses the evidence from the change of decades to show how women change with the current styles. Orbach’s goal is to convey that women being overweight can be directly attributed to their rebellion against the social norm. As she tells it “Feminism argues that being fat represents an attempt to break free of society’s sex stereotypes.” On the one hand, I agree with Orbach that women are urged to change with the current norm. But on the other hand, I still insist that women’s obesity is not due to rebellion, but simply because they lack the willpower to take care of their own bodies. In a recent data polling (done by Food Research & Action Center), it appears that 63.2% of women are either overweight or obese. Because of this, I would partially agree with Orbach when she says, “Since women are taught to see themselves from the outside as candidates for men, they become prey to the huge fashion and diet industries…

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