i'm madison. i'm an old bastard (twenty), i go to arcadia university where I study theatre arts, english, and the science behind the phenomenon of being unable to make a bag of popcorn without setting off the fire alarm and temporarily evicting hundreds of disgruntled people. i'm just a misanthropic people person basking in the miracle of human consciousness and working part-time in retail. my goal in life is to own a newfoundland and a hot tub, in that order. one time brendon urie told me everything was gonna be alright and it was pretty cool.
bear with me on this, bc idk if i have my thoughts together on this yet—
i think the reason we primarily see overweight actresses doing comedy more than any other genre is because at least while we’re laughing at their jokes we’re happily distracted, y’know endorphins and whatnot— the second she stops telling jokes and we stop laughing, we feel bad about ourselves bc we’re forced to face the fact that we’re guilty of dehumanizing her because we can’t sexually objectify her (if you’ve never heard about this, i suggest you read laura mulvey’s essay “visual pleasure and narrative cinema”) the way we do skinny actresses. in both situations women are dehumanized, but at least the latter has ornamental value. the former isn’t even aesthetically pleasing, so she is entirely worthless to the viewer or audience member no matter what or who she is. and because we associate seeing her with feeling bad about ourselves, we don’t want to repeat the process- people stop going to see the film or stop watching the television show and the production company loses money, and forever after casting directors are instructed not to cast even marginally overweight women because their presence directly correlates to profit loss. the only actress i’ve seen sort of rise above that is gabourey sidibe, in precious, but also i don’t think a single other person could have portrayed that character the way she did, and there are various other factors (pronounced curviness being more acceptable as a standard of beauty in cultures comprised of people of color being one of them) and after precious the next most popular thing she did was american horror story, where she was, inevitably, turned into a “sassy black lady” character and once again pigeonholed into a comedic role, even in such a gruesome show. i’m not calling for a flood of affirmative action type overweight actresses by any means but i just think it’s something to consider.
Step 1: Comment on a woman’s attractiveness on every single occasion in every single venue no matter how irrelevant it is. Build up a dating culture entirely dependent on a female’s beauty. Teach children that only attractive women will ever get anywhere in life, will ever be praised, will ever find love and have a family, will ever have a chance at happiness, are worth knowing, are worth being.
Step 2: Mock women for caring about how they look. Call them shallow.
ya but have u ever seen brown eyes when they’re in the sun??? they literally turn gold like screw those lame ass blue and green motherfuckers gettin all the love
There are two types of people…
those that have found the perfect leather jacket
those that are still looking for it.