I'm listening to Episode 1: Body by Elizabeth Banks, narrated by Elizabeth Banks on my Audible app. Try Audible and get it here: https://www.audible.com/pd?
If you blame everything on something and yet fail to define it, you’re just digging up a lot of complaints and obliterating any chance of solution or direction for healing. Ever heard the expression “if you’re not the lead dog, the view never changes”? Add lethal overwork and bullying (including weight, looks, wealth, intelligence, and oh, the presence/absence of an attractive female partner) and the fact that there IS no lead dog (everybody, including the Pope, including crime bosses, including the President of the USA is having to stare at somebody else’s asshole all his waking hours (and troubled sleep), and you’re just beginning to get an idea of what it’s like to live INSIDE The Patriarchy. And there IS no “escape hatch” (as Simone de Beauvoir termed it). Helping to understand and ease that suffering might go a long way. Smash The Patriarchy? Oh, God, by all means yes, I’m ready to help, but how can I, in the teeth of all this rhetoric? Having said that, I really liked what Lindsey West had to say. Biased medical industry against fat people. Yes. Horrible. A few strategic court decisions would be good. They also push male infant genital mutilation (circumcision). We could use some help from the distaff side on that one. Look for the similarities not the differences. Here’s a thought: men who like “fat” women (or even any woman who doesn’t look like she just wandered out of Auschwitz) is a “chubby chaser” or a “fat fetishist”. Or men who are with women with “small boobs” are somehow “settling for less.” How much of that is “the patriarchy” (whatever that is) and how much women’s own collective internalized oppression? I’m asking. Oh, by the way, men with big arms (“guns”), big pecs, and “six-packs” pretty much have to be in the gym four hours per day, every day, year in, year out, with or without steroids, and age is unkind. If they could go under the knife to get that, I bet many would.