"The Victorian age with its women's waif-like waistlines of 18 inches and its pear-shaped hips adorning all adorable and desirable beauties of the fairer sex has much more to answer for in the annals of British history than all the colonisation and exploitation of its Commonwealth and overseas territories.
Often, one of the gravest exploitation in society spring from mankind's desire to shape the pattern of 'ideal' womanhood and the image of 'female perfection'. Great Britain has ironically been able to right other wrongs it has done in its past, but with regard to the wrong it has done to women, it has been a tortoise of the progressive movement.
Even Great Britain, at the height of its supreme power, when we colonised and governed two-thirds of the globe and ruled the seas eventually saw the injustice of slavery and colonisation, and after developing an international conscience, we outlawed slavery and granted dependent colonies their freedom. However, when it comes to granting our women comparable freedoms and equality with the men in society, we have been sadly lacking in political will to change/reform as quickly as we ought to instead of merely paying lip service. We have undoubtedly enshrined in law, society's adoption of a politically correct language towards women, yet such reform is often merely cosmetic as male thoughts and inner desires secretly remain as they have done for centuries. For instance, why the need to have a discussion on the obvious wrongness of 'Upskirting' today when a similar action perpetrated by women against men would not go unpunished. Can you possibly imagine loose women being able to pull down a man's trousers in public and take a photograph of his private regions, and get away with it?
I recently had access to a few magazines that literally shocked my senses. I refer not to those 'top-shelf men-mags' that are often found within the reach of most testosterone-driven teenagers, but those magazines that seemingly cater for the tastes and interests of young girls and 'teeny weenies' who have hardly been long enough upon the voyage of puberty to recognise the many masculine snares along the way.
However much these magazines for young girls tend to dress it up, their underlying message of promotional female fashion is, 'less means more' in the beauty stakes of male desirability. No wonder that the incidence of young girls dieting and being preoccupied by their weight and shape is daily increasing, and that the young girl who carries those few extra pounds around her waistline is the butt of peer bullying and self-deprecation, even in the playground of infants as well as on the mobile messages/images sent by their taunting teenage peers to one another.
Over the past ten years, Great Britain and the U.S.A. have been beset by an obesity crisis that threatens increased deaths at earlier ages and total depletion of health budgets. And not only does this bode badly in health terms for many overweight girls and boys, but those girls who previously were preoccupied maintaining a slim figure have tended to become even more obsessive by not overeating.
For any family member who has ever experienced the physical and emotional trauma of having to cope with the self-starvation of any daughter, sister or niece displaying anorexia, they will know how hard the condition is to overcome and control. To have one's teenage child stood there as thin as an inmate from Auschwitz Concentration Camp while they genuinely believe themselves to be too fat and ugly is not an experience that any parent should ever have to face. To have to bury one's child before they have reached the age of maturity is an experience beyond the realms of parental endurance.
Isn't it time that fairness for all, justice for everyone and universal law banished all manner of inequality between the sexes? Isn't it time to stop this nonsense, time that all wafer-thin models were consigned to the bin of past indignity. Why won't Parliament legislate against treating our young girls with inferior expectations to those experienced by our sons? Why don't we banish those expensive, silly-girly magazines and all television and media advertising which inappropriately sexualises and debases the image of females?
I cannot believe that a comparable 'sexualisation' of males in society would ever have been seriously considered, let alone tolerated and promoted. Let's cut it out once and for all!"
Love and peace Bill xxx