Watch Me As I Slowly Disappear

By Laura Lee You were always a skinny kid. With long hair and longer legs, you ceaselessly ran through eternal summer afternoons. Life, as well as your beauty, was taken for granted; something that would last forever. And then like a dark summer storm, puberty came, and your body was no longer your own. You watched as your blonde hair turned dark, the silken strands … Continue reading Watch Me As I Slowly Disappear

Kirstie Alley’s Big Life

I’ve always been fascinated with the way our culture conflates nutritional health with the shape of one’s body. This cultural myth has facilitated the proliferation of diet and weight loss products and services accompanied by popular culture and mass media’s reinforcement of the thin ideal. After reading Foucault’s Discipline and Punish, I decided to take a new approach to thinking about this issue. Kirstie Alley’s new reality TV series, “Kirstie Alley’s Big Life” will focus on her attempt to shed pounds and regain her self-esteem after she lost weight and gained it back again, appearing on “Oprah” both times to talk about the result. Far from her place as the spokeswoman of Jenny Craig, comments like “Fat ass. Turn around so I can shoot you,” from paparazzi have pushed her back into the public to serve as a spectacle and example for how people should discipline themselves. Continue reading “Kirstie Alley’s Big Life”