Terri Schiavo, Bulimic

by Sidra M. S. Vitale

Quoting Paul Campos in a column in the Rocky Mountain News:

As I write these words, Terri Schiavo is being starved to death because she was once a chubby little girl.

You should go read the Campos article in situ. While you do, let your gaze drift to the right of the text, just a little, where the ad for the health club is. Then try and deny the message being sent every minute of every day to American women: be thin, be thin, be thin.

Kill yourself, so long as you're thin.

The Campos article quotes some (unattributed) numbers, stating that about 10,000,000 Americans, 9,000,000 of them girls and women, suffer from eating disorders such as bulimia (binging and purging) and anorexia.

Go count the zeros. I'll wait.

10 million Americans. 90% of whom are girls and women.

Terri Schiavo put herself into a persistent vegetative state, made her self disappear into nothingness, in an attempt to be thin. To be thin. What kind of sick culture do we live in when a 26 year old woman kills herself trying to be thin?

Whether you believe that Terri died 15 years ago, or that she's been trapped in her carcass of a body for the last 15 years, either way, she's killed herself. To be thin. She thinned herself right out of existence.

Now, those men reading this page, I want you to ask yourself a question about the last woman you had a meal with. Was she on a diet?

Copyright © 2005 by Sidra M. S. Vitale

02/08/07 at 21:38