Today's Mental Image from a couple of days ago was OBESE TORSO. Ortho's comment was: "The new revolutionary aesthetic!"
This plucked a synaptic cord for me. I realized that we've got this "obesity epidemic" narrative all wrong. It is not lack of self-control or laziness or moral failure or even genetic predisposition. The obesity epidemic in America is actually a subconscious socio-political protest against consumerism and the force feeding of the supermodel image over the past few decades through all forms of media. I hadn't thought of it this way before, but this makes sense; in fact, it is brilliant. Obesity is heroic self sacrifice, giving oneself up for the good of fellow human beings. It is a slower, more patient form of lying down in front of a tank or burning oneself to death in public. We don't realize it yet as a culture, and we certainly don't accept it yet, but the obese are saving our self-image. I think we owe the obese (anyone with an extra ten or more pounds) an apology, and perhaps an ovation, for their courage to challenge the Barbie doll body type to the very deadly end. Obesity is the "new revolutionary aesthetic", indeed. Unfortunately, once mainstream culture catches on to the obesity movement, the obese will be herded into fenced-off areas just like every other protest group.
Viva la Obesity Revolución!
Update: I knew I couldn't be the first one to recognize the theoretical framework underneath the brazenly large American physique. Ortho, whose comment inspired this post, actually posted about the Fat Man Rebellion almost a year ago. I sense scholarly essays and articles on the increasingly rotund horizon.