Don’t Come A-Knocking ”Festive Fatties”

Danish site BeautifulPeople.com describes itself as the “largest network of attractive people in the world” with 550,000 members from 190 countries. In supposedly keeping with that ‘attractive’ credo, they have expelled more than 5,000 users from its site worldwide.

Why, in specific?

Because as Greg Hodge managing director of the site put it, “members who posted pictures of themselves during the holidays showed that they had “let themselves go”’. Holidays, [he cites Christmas and New Year more specifically] seem to do with only “over-eating, over-drinking and watching TV on the sofa.” Hodge attributes this as reasoning for the falling beauty standard that appears prevalent in the US, U.K and Canada today, where most of these “festive fatties” were turfed off the site from.

Seems like they went a little overboard.

But keep this in mind, the “prospective members must go through a 48-hour voting process, during which time existing members of the opposite sex decide whether they are “beautiful”‘. The site supports this in saying that it “does not define beauty [but] simply gives an accurate representation of what society’s ideal of beauty is.”

Ideal? IDEAL?! Unless you found a unicorn, let’s get serious. It means that beauty must be ‘box beauty’ where everyone must fit into a socially constructed view of what beauty should be.  Also, it was “vigilant members, who take pride in the standards demanded by the site, [who] called for action.”

A few pounds over the break isn’t always considered as something that detracts from someone’s beauty.

However, this issue runs deeper. It promotes box beauty while many are struggling to change and change and change this.

So, Say NO to BOX BEAUTY and YES to the Beautiful Healthy (we hope) You that you are

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