The Growing Gap: Which Average Are We Talking About?

When I hear the word “gap” in relation to women my first thought is the gender pay gap between men and women.  But there is another gap we should be worrying about, the growing gap between the average sized woman, and the average sized model.  “Twenty years ago the average fashion model weighed 8% less than the average woman. Today, she weighs 23% less” according to PLUS model Magazine.

Read the whole story here at ABC News.

The pictures alluded to in the above video can be found at the magazine’s website.  They did a feature earlier this year called “Plus Size Bodies, What Is Wrong With Them Anyway?”  I don’t know that we should be putting women into dichotomous categories of “real” and “models” but that’s a conversation for another time.

Read another response to the feature here.


4 thoughts on “The Growing Gap: Which Average Are We Talking About?

  1. feministifythis says:

    It’s a way of silencing women – to make them disappear. 😦

  2. BroadBlogs says:

    And getting us to be so obsessed with our bodies that we can’t think about much else. Another means of disappearing.

  3. The video was disabled on your blog by ABC, but you can still view it by opening the link in a new tab. 🙂

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