Chris was working the other night, so I was flipping through channels specifically looking for the kind of chick dreck that I can never watch with Chris around. And Chris has a pretty high tolerance for chick stuff (higher than mine in some instances), so I was really in the market for the bottom of the barrel. I ended up with How to Look Good Naked. This show is annoying on many levels. First, it isn't how to look good naked, it is how to feel good naked. I am all in favor of body-acceptance and confidence-building and that sexy is as sexy does, but I am opposed to giving television shows salacious titles specifically to suck people into watching them in hopes of learning how to disguise fat thighs when you have nothing with which to disguise your fat thighs. Add the wardrobe shopping (wardrobe=not naked), forcing the poor woman to stand by and listen while strangers on the street said forced nice things about the underwear-clad picture of her on a nearby billboard, and the stereotypically trite gay man quips from old Carson and I was deeply disappointed in my choice of dreck.
There was, however, one redeeming factor. At one point, six or eight other underwear-clad women were brought in, and our lucky contestant, who was primarily concerned with the size of her hips, had to guess whether their hips were larger or smaller than hers. She guessed that all of the other women, each of whom had a very nice looking body, had smaller hips than she did. Of course it came to be known that each of the other women had larger hips than our heroine.
I liked that part because I think it is almost impossible to look at your own body objectively. I think we compare ourselves unfavorably to others, and that if we were able to look at another woman identical proportions, we would think her hips/butt/breasts/thighs/belly were just lovely even while we rued that thing or those things about ourselves.
Can you think of a person who is pretty much your size? Similar height, weight, body shape? Are you sure? It is really hard to say, really hard to be objective, and nobody will tell you if you ask because they are scared you will be offended. I wish women (and men too, probably, although they act less concerned) could all be assigned an objective body double. Someone we could look at and say hey, her Mommy Belly doesn't look bad at all, or her thighs are actually rather thin and be able to realize that if it looks fine on her, it looks fine on me.
I think we would put 85% of the diet industry out of business overnight.