Young Adult Novel Heroines: Conforming to Body Norms?

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I found this interesting article about how most of the new young adult novels being adapted to movie (such as the Hunger Games or Divergent) have heroines that are very petite. Now while many people wouldn’t give this coincidence a second thought, I think it’s something that isn’t just limited to these movie adaptations but speaks to Hollywood as a whole.  Women who are plus sized main role stars are usually in roles where they are meant to be mocked (usually by skinnier actresses), or they are put in smaller roles.

 

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I think that as a culture we shame anyone who isn’t a size two. Women as a whole (i’m guilty of this) shame ourselves if we think we are an inch outside what we think is acceptable for our bodies. I think as a society we should be more tolerant of difference and I think body size is one way that we especially shame women. Men aren’t exempt from this shaming- Men who are not buff like the terminator or lack any muscle definition are also shamed for not fitting into what society sees as the “correct male figure”.

I think in order to overcome this problem we should teach children from a young age acceptance of difference and acceptance of things tat are outside the norm.

What do you think?

Sam

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