Friday, May 01, 2009

ranting & raving

there was a headline in the "news" today that said, "kirstie alley vows to get her bikini body back!".

kirstie alley is 58. why should a woman who is 58 - or 28 or 18 for that matter! - need a "bikini body"? surely as women we have more to offer the world than that? surely our lives matter more, mean more, have more fulfillment in them than that?

when i am 58, i want to have a life that is so full and joyous that it wouldn't even occur to me that swimsuit season is coming. i want friends & grandchildren & curtis & my brothers with their families; i want meaningful work & thoughtful conversations & new ideas; i want to be so much more than the sum of my physical parts!

this made me sad today. for kirstie, and for all the women & girls who can't seem to look beyond the size of their jeans to see where & why they matter. frankly, it's all too often me, too. india arie, in one of her songs, sings, "i am not my hair/i am not this skin/i am the soul that lives within".

exactly.

8 comments:

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Cynthia said...

YES YES YES! I like big butts and I cannot lie.....

By the way, have you ever noticed that when someone has something nasty to say, their cowardice takes over to the point that they can't even sign their own name? Anonymous must being feeling quite ashamed of their own behavior and lack of a life...

MY name is Cynthia!

Krissi said...

It is Kirstie. And I totally agree Rachel. I hope for the day when we can be truly happy with ourselves, because that makes all the difference with our appearance anyway!

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Anonymous said...

Is freedom of speech a four letter woed on this blog?

Or are you intimidated by my truthiness?

Or is Cynthia paying you off?

rachel said...

freedom of speech? freedom to abuse and deride and draw lines in the sand of who is "in" and who is "out"? freedom to decide whose life is worth something and whose life is not? that sounds suspiciously like the justification of some very scary groups & people, who no, i don't think i will give "free speech" to in this forum.

Anonymous said...

Rachel's blog posts often inspire me. I thank her for sharing her insight and uniqueness with us here. I look forward to much more great stuff in the future!

Anonymous said...

hail Caesar!