I love reading newspaper headlines. Articles on subjects I would never think about pop out. Information I did not realize I wanted or needed or could live without becomes inscribed on my brain, filed away to be taken out and used sometime in the future. Maybe at a holiday get-together, hanging out at the beach, or having a long, lazy dinner with friends, drinking wine, discussing current events and solving the world’s problems.
The topic of the following ditty (I wrote) is about one such tidbit gleaned from headlines this week.
(The Worst Poem of All Time)
The newspaper article caught my eye
Young women consumed by the size of a thigh.
Not only long, smooth and straight but slim.
They desire a very trim limb.
A new obsession is on the rise.
Above the knees the mania lies.
The key to perfect thighs:
Open space between with views -
If not seen, weight you must lose.
What nonsense, I say, who wants to be anorexic size?
I vaguely remember the sixties era and age
When stick models were all the rage.
When mini-skirts merited our thighs be slim
And draw wandering eyes to that limb.
Nary a one of us cared about views.
A word of caution and a word to the wise -
Life’s too short to be worried about size
Of boobs or waist or even thighs.
Forget about mass media lies
And the few with too thin bodies and thighs.
So beware and don’t waste time
Attempting for the body sublime.
For most of us, it ain’t gonna materialize.
'tis the end of my rhyme…
(It’s about time!)
Who knew that one of the latest fixations of young women is the size of their thighs? With all the publicity about sudden deaths of super-thin models, and illnesses resulting from a desire to be super-thin, such as anorexia and bulimia, the ultra-thin trend unfortunately persists.
Maybe it is time for a new women's movement. Too thin should be outlawed. Too fat is not healthy either. It is time for everyone - young women especially - to feel comfortable and proud of their bodies without feeling a need for drastic, unhealthy makeovers. Girls should not have to wait until they are older and wiser before being comfortable with the body they were born with.
The article is here should you wish to read it or see a picture of possibly the thinnest thighs ever.