Excellent post, Butterfly Woman, but just to quibble:
Originally Posted by ButterflyWoman
Even Marilyn Monroe, with her hourglass shape, would be considered "too fat" by modern standards.
That's just not true. She simply wasn't any bigger than modern-day starlets, regardless of the baseless 'Marilyn Monroe was a size 14' rumour that regularly does the rounds. I mean... all you have to do is look at a picture of her to see how petite she is.
Scarlett Johannsen, Kate Winslet, Jessica Biel, Monica Bellucci, Salma Hayek, Christina Hendricks, Kim Kardashian - they're all curvy 'hourglass' women who would be no smaller than Marilyn, and probably bigger in some cases.
I actually think the standards for 'acceptable' female bodies are broader right now than they have probably been for the last 20 years.