So last week we discussed a bit about how punk tends to objectify and glorify women who (generally) fit into our cultural standard of beauty (white, thin, young). This is obviously a broad generalization and not true in all cases, but the vast majority. (side note: if someone can tell me statistically that this is incorrect I would honestly love you forever). I want punk to be different. But it’s really not.
When I was in college we’d have small shows and parties in basements of the cool scene kids in my town. It was a lot like high school with a different coolness hierarchy. The coolest kids were the ones that didn’t like their minimum wage jobs (or didn’t have one), dressed in black clothes with patches all over them, painted their own leather jackets, and seemed to live on PBR, weed and pizza.
I had the most trouble with the last part of this (although really, if I painted my own jacket it’d look like a child’s painting during a spasm). Eating nothing but carbohydrates and drinking 15 beers a night is really not good for anyone, but is only visible on those of us with metabolisms more closely resembling a snail moving on hot asphalt. Even though I knew this, instinctively (and because like, come on, at this point I was a professional dieter), I still couldn’t get why some people stayed thin.
It’s a lot of the same shit. Women are supposed to be thin while still doing crazily unhealthy (and calorieific) things (and not showing effort, of course, it’s supposed to be natural). PBR has as many calories per can as two apples, or a serving of almonds, or a greek yogurt. To drink 15 PBRs is as many calories as a day’s worth of food, and that’s without any food. Which is really not the best idea for your body, although it leads to a short and sweet drunken time.
Women have an even harder time wit ze boozes. We metabolize food differently (immortalized in those ever classy SlimQuick ads) and of course this also translates into how many Jamo shots are going to lead to antics. For us ladies only, of course; we all know real men can hold their booze! (hahahaha just kidding, but we’ll maybe talk about that later) The only way to stay thin would be to only drink. And not eat. Or to have a kick ass metabolism (which 90% is really not up to you, it’s your dang parents! Thanks mom!). Or to throw up everything you put in your body.
More than anything, it’s the hypocrisy that is bothersome. Don’t say you’re subculture or anti-culture, then fucking put the same unrealistic stuff on a pedestal to be achieved. Fuck eating disorders, fuck ideals, fuck all the people who celebrate alternative ideals of beauty, which look a great deal like the old ones (I’m looking at you, Suicide Girls!). This aggression will not stand, man.