March 23, 2013
Full-Figured Mannequins Are Well Received
An image of some hearty mannequins believed to be from Sweden made its way around the net earlier this week and was well received. Do you think full-figured mannequins promote obesity or reality?
Let’s be honest with ourselves, our wives and girlfriends probably aren’t size 00, and they probably never will be, but is that really a problem?
I, for one, don’t care for a twig girl, and never have. Call it my Neanderthal testosterone driven thinking, but I find a curvier woman to be far more attractive than a thin one, but I don’t know why. Maybe it’s instinct, maybe it’s the subliminal knowledge that they may be more fertile, or maybe it’s just because I can tell they like to eat something other than rabbit food.
Regardless of my preference in women, a vast majority of women seem to agree with me.
As reported by the Huffington Post, “A clothing retailer from Sweden got a virtual round of applause from Facebook users this week after a photograph featuring two fuller-figured mannequins rocking nothing but purple-hued boy shorts and matching bras went viral.”
Women’s Rights News posted the picture to their Facebook page earlier this week accompanied by this real subtle message for fashion retailers here in the U.S.:
“Store mannequins in Sweden. They look like real women. The US should invest in some of these.”
According to Yahoo Shine, “For comparison, most mannequins in the U.S. are between a svelte size 4 or 6—a departure from the average American woman who is a size 14.”
The controversy comes when there are people on both side of the fence. Imagine that.
Some folks, including myself, are of the thinking that this is awesome, and should definitely spread like wildfire. While I don’t suffer from the media driven “norms” for women in regards to beauty, I know what kind of woman I’m attracted to and hungry looking is definitely not it. The typical mannequins look like they need to eat a sandwich!
Other folks believe that curvaceous, ample mannequins are an attempt at being politically correct to the issue of obesity, which is an argument that could carry some weight; no pun intended. My only issue with that type of thinking is that a mere one in ten Swedish adults are obese compared to one in three here in the U.S.
The mannequins are reportedly in a Swedish department store. Your argument is invalid.
I think it could be more accurately viewed as an attempt at political correctness if the curvy mannequins were pioneered by American department stores, but as it stands now, I’m under the impression that it’s just being realistic.
To be fair though, this isn’t the first time larger sized mannequins went viral. In November of 2012, a similar story broke on Reddit. The comments on the story fully showcased the fact that there’s some disagreements about the emergence of shapely mannequins. ABC News summarized it well.
What do you think? Is it promoting or accepting obesity as a norm, or being true to the reality that most people don’t look anything like their stylish, foam filled counterparts?
Image Credit: Womens’s Rights News via Facebook