Thursday, January 1, 2009

My how times have changed

Yesterday I was watching I Love Lucy and in one episode she said she was a size 12. Now, I don't know how many of you are familiar with what Lucille Ball looked like during these days, but I figure she was about the same size as Anne Hathaway. Tall and thin, yet healthy. I would figure she was about a 6 or so, and Ethel would have been the 12. Then again, that was the early fifties, so sizes could have changed over time. Lord knows that the perception of everything has since then.

The little woman brought up an interesting point, though. She said that if you were to take Lucy out of that age and put her in Hollywood today, they'd all but call her a fat cow. That may be a bit of an exaggeration, but there is some truth to it. I can guarantee you that that she would be chastised for not being skinny enough by Hollywood's unrealistic standard. Isn't that sad?


Sherry said...

Lucy was one of the greatest ever.
Size 12? That seems impossible.

MamaFlo said...

Society is twisted. I think we could talk about the ways for years and never hit upon the same topic twice.
Women were considered sex sirens when they were voluptuous, now the same word is fat.

Manx Mercurio said...

Why should anyone who has sufficient food and health worry about weight? I don't understand this obsession with numbers and rating oneself constantly against some goal of a dress size.

Stacy's Random Thoughts said...

Like MamaFlo said, society is twisted. What was considered voluptuous back then is now considered 'fat'. Sad, isn't it? If you're not a size 0 or thereabouts, you are not thin enough. Marilyn Monroe was also a size 12, I believe - and she wasn't considered 'fat'.

It is possible that the sizing charts have changed over the years, lots of other things have! ;)

Mystery Man said...

Sherry- yeah, at least that's what she says in the episode where she misses the boat and has to catch the helicopter.

MamaFlo-one day i think i will blog abouthow twisted society has become over the years. i wish i would have been around when voluptuous woemn were sex sirens instead of being "fat".

Manx-i don't understand the obsession either. wmen are beautiful no matter what size they are

Stacy- i think i'm going to go look and see if the sizing charts have changed. lord knows our perceptions have changed.