I understand your point Vel, and it was very nicely made too. But I don't think greek statues illustrate the present situation adequately. What you forgot to mention is that in ancient greece women were regarded as inferior creatures, and didn't have the right for education to start with. They were (when they made this far), the object of admiration because of their looks. During a time when body-veneration was broadly spread.
Apparently some things have'nt changed in this thousands of years, and some possibly got worse:
* I don't recall any cases of: anorexia nervosa, body dismorphic disorder, muscle dysmorphia (Adonis syndrom) being described by Hypocrates.
* I have difficulty picturing in ancient greece a woman being nationally ridiculed because she gained a few pounds since when she first posed for a statue.
"Women beauty standarts" is inevitably associated with submission since man
kind can remember. And if we are taking an ancient example here, I think we should better take a look at the Kayan women (aka giraffe women): who have the ancient habit of using 3-5kg brass coils to distort their ribcages making their necks look longer (or dragonlike, according to some).
I can cope with that right away, an ancient secluded tradition. What I can't cope is Hollywood telling me what a beautiful woman should look like through all manipulatory means necessary, and throwing **** at her on the following day bacause some Papparazzis got pictures of a bit of fat on her hips while sunbathing.
We better pray that Mila Kunis won't get some extra 30 pounds on the following years, for I bet she will be forgotten as fast as she came up to this thread.
Case it interests you:
For sakes of love and peace: that was my last post about ethics vs. beauty here. Sorry for any inconvenience.