Rather than get any of us involved in the discussion, though, it just set off some furious note-writing about the seventeen inch waisted Scarlett O'Hara, and how disgusting that would be in real life. Oh, you don't believe me? Meet Cathie Jung:
Miss Cathie here has worn corsets so frequently, and so tightly, that she has a 15 inch waist. Pretty gross, huh? Let's go up an inch...
Dita Von Teese is very proud that she can starve herself down to a 16 inch waist before her burlesque performances.
I understand that being skinny/ having a small waist is very important by some standards, but look at these women! Their bodies just ARE NOT built to be that small in the middle. So even going up to Scarlett's 17 inches, while generous based on these women's examples, is still pretty horrifying to consider.
Luckily Scarlett is a fictional character, and Vivien Leigh didn't have to starve herself down to the same size for the movie role.
Anyway, after some furious scribbles about how much we LOVE Scarlett O'Hara for being a truly canny survivor and an exceptional feminist role model, Quinn (the girl I was writing to) and I realized that we just have to watch the movie. ASAP, pronto, in all due haste, etc. etc. So tonight, we and another girl from our class are going to sit down with some snacks, tissues, and snuggle up to get:
Gone With the Wind