April 11, 2010

Big fat double-standard

Filed under: Body Image — Tags: , , , , , — Melanie @ 9:06 pm

Two tweets may seem trivial but I have to comment on Brandon Davis’ tweets about Mischa Barton. According to HuffPo, Brandon Davis took several jabs at his ex, Mischa Barton, calling her “1 of the fattest people on the planet” and a “hefer.”

Like Jessica Simpson, Mischa Barton has been fat bashed in the tabloids for the last few years. None of it is OK but Davis’ fat attack is even less OK. Thank goodness I’m not the only one that spotted the ironic double-standard.

It’s yet another example of the feminist critique of the disgusting double-standard we see in the mass media. Men have a more diverse array of images that qualify as attractive (and even if they’re fat, bald and wrinkled, women still find them sexy) and women are forced to stuff themselves into a super skinny and narrow box of accepted ideal beauty.

The photos that inspired Brandon Davis’ fat tweets are posted below via Us Magazine.


  1. This is hideous beyond belief. The extent to which people (men and women included)think it is acceptable to pass judgment on others in this way is horrifying.

    He needs to keep his mouth and tweeting fingers on lock down!

    Comment by Julie — April 11, 2010 @ 10:37 pm

  2. gurl…you hit my last nerve with this one. just the other day, my Prince Jordan asked, “mama why come men can run around with no shirt on with big, fat, hairy bellies?” after the laughter, i replied, “because of stupid azz double standards created by men with big, fat, hairy bellies.”

    Comment by Sistah Monica — April 11, 2010 @ 11:48 pm

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  5. I think Brandon’s the one who needs to get in shape, not Mischa. Mischa looks much better now then she used to. Before, she looked so skinny and unhealthy in a lot of the pictures of her. She’s such a pretty girl. Why can’t she be happy with the body she’s already got? Why does she have to resort to starving herself or going on crash diets to lose any weight? I don’t get it.

    Comment by Jen Cooper — May 7, 2011 @ 5:18 pm

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