When is it okay to judge another woman’s body?

When is it okay to judge another woman’s body?

Maybe you’ve already seen this, but with all the travelling i’ve been doing and limited access to the internet, i’m a bit behind in the times. (and on that note: how did we ever survive without Google?? seriously, were we neanderthals??)

Dance reviewer for the New York Times, Alastair Macaulay, gave his input on the New York City Ballet’s, The Nutcracker. part of his review stated, “Jenifer Ringer, as the Sugar Plum Fairy, looked as if she’d eaten one sugar plum too many; and Jared Angle, as the Cavalier, seems to have been sampling half the Sweet realm.”

The jab has sparked quite the controversy, especially since Ringer once left the ballet due to her struggles with anorexia.

Macaulay responded to his critics by saying, “Ms. Ringer has spoken in the past about coping with eating disorders. some of my correspondents feel I should know this history of hers, just as others have on occasion written to explain which ballerinas have histories of scoliosis. i think otherwise. dancers do not ask to be considered victims. when i’ve praised Ms. Ringer, i’ve applied the standards i’ve applied to Suzanne Farrell, Natalia Makarova and Kyra Nichols.”

“Some correspondents have argued that the body in ballet is “irrelevant.” sorry, but the opposite is true. if you want to make your appearance irrelevant to criticism, do not choose ballet as a career. the body in ballet becomes a subject of the keenest observation and the most intense discussion. I am severe — but ballet, as dancers know, is more so.”

And so i ask: if a person’s body is part of their job requirement, (dancers, athletes, models, actresses) does that give the public the right to assess and comment on them? 

I’m not going to lie: i feel a bit torn on the subject. if the art, or skill level, depends on a person’s physicality, i don’t see how it can not be part of the assessment.

That said, most of us would agree we are WAY too harsh of critics when it comes to celebrities. an actress can’t even gain a few pounds without the rumor mill saying she’s pregnant. i just saw Kim Kardashian mention her experience with this on The Early Show, and the same thing happened to Eva Longoria a while back, to which she told US Weekly, “i’m not pregnant, i’m just fat. i gained 5lbs over the summer, so instead of being a size zero, i’m a size one.”

Ridiculous.

Thoughts?

What about personal trainers, dietitians, or nutritionists? is it ‘okay’ to hold them to a certain level of physical fitness/health?

Is it more/less ‘okay’ to judge a male’s physicality vs. a woman’s?

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