God, I hope not. I live in Latvia and they just don’t tolerate that sort of thing here. Other women stomp on you with their gold-studded, leopard-print stilettos for letting the side down. They let their rat-dogs out of their Louis Vuitton handbags to try and gnaw a few pounds off you…
OK, maybe I’m exaggerating slightly but, what is a ‘normal’ size for a woman to be? (I’m going with UK sizes here because that’s what I grew up with. I ran the gamut of UK sizes.) Size 10? 12? 14? Get real, chubbster. If you’re a size 10, you’re already beyond saving by some Latvian women’s standards.
Perusing the cosmo.lv forums (as I do), I came across a discussion charmingly entitled, ‘FAT!’ I quickly discovered that my definition of ‘fat’ and a Latvian’s definition are two very different things.
Here are a couple of comments that caught my eye:
“Each person has their own beauty standards. (Good start…) However, if we look at the average woman whose height is around 5’7’’ (1.7m), then size 10 (38) is considered hefty and size 12 (40) is fat.” (Um, what?)
“I’m 5’10’’ (1.77m), weigh 11 st (70kg) and consider myself fat. (Are you mad?) If a person has any visible extra fat then that person is fat. It neither looks aesthetic, nor is good for one’s health. Also, I’m a size 10, there is nothing pretty about it.” (Reaches for large glass of wine…)
There were a few people who, like me, disagreed with these assessments. However, the majority seemed to be fully on board with it.
Yes, yes, I know I’m leaving myself open for the ‘Oh, the tubby Irish girl is jealous of the stunning Eastern European women…’ but believe me, that’s not it at all. In the interest of full disclosure (or ammunition provision), I’m 1.54m (5″1′) tall and weigh 49 kilos (7st 10lbs). I’m a size 8 – most of the time. Here’s a picture from the summer just in case you haven’t seen me before. (I’m roughly the same size now, but you can’t really tell with the amount of layers I’m wearing.)
I don’t think I’m fat but of course, like most women, I always think there’s always room for improvement. I have no problem with women wanting to be slim and toned; that’s what I’m constantly striving for. (I call it ‘Linda’s walking/gym/squash vs. beer/wine/pizza/bacon/cake weight-losing battle’ – catchy, huh?)
What I do have a problem with is the increasing number of skeletal women I see on the streets here. Their legs are so thin, I find myself wondering how they can support the weight of all the hair and make-up. I’d run over to support them if they didn’t look so damn unfriendly.
Who suddenly decided that ‘misery on a stick’ was the ‘in’ look? Don’t get me wrong – there are a lot of genetically-gifted women here. But can any woman in her thirties naturally have the body of a 13-year-old? And who are they trying to achieve this look for? Themselves? Unlikely. To outdo other women? More likely – Latvian women are insanely competitive, especially when it comes to appearance. Manicures, pedicures, make-up, hair extensions, fake tan – the more crap you can pack on your poor emaciated body, the better.
However, the most likely scenario is that they’re doing it to attract, or keep, a man. But do men really find this look attractive?
There are plenty of songs about curvy/larger women – ‘Big Girl (you are beautiful)’ by Mika, ‘Fat Bottomed Girls’ by Queen, ‘Perfect 10’ by the Beautiful South… but, to the best of my knowledge, there are no songs about having a vital part of your anatomy ruptured by a chick’s bony arse.
So, I’m opening this one to the floor:
Ladies – what do you consider a ‘normal’ size for a woman to be? And how do you like your men?
Gentlemen (if there are any) – what do you prefer – skeletal, slim, or a little more cushion for the pushin’?
Let’s chew the fat on this one… (see what I did there?)