At the risk of giving Amanda Marcotte an aneurysm I’d like to comment on something that happened A few days ago on MSNBC. Something I considered rather amazing and more important that most of my readers might think.
Mika Brzezinski pointed out on the set of Morning Joe that she gained 15 pounds and said she felt better mentally and physically with that extra weight.
Good for her!
Mika is a handsome woman, Stacy McCain not withstanding that is a neutral objective fact, she’s not Linda Carter circa 1975 or Raquel Welsh circa 1970 but who is? She was lovely before the extra weight and the addition of the weight in question makes her look even better.
Now I don’t know if Mika intended it as a cultural statement but I think it’s a very important one. Tastes change, I’ve always thought the idea that women needed to be practically anorexic to be attractive is a dangerous thing, physically & mentally not to mention false.
Mika Brzezinski is a 46 year old woman competing in an industry where image is king (if you don’t believe me count the toupees on the news screen). And if image is king for a man imagine what it is for a woman where sex is used to sell everything, consider this photo.
Mika may or may not have considered it a fun picture, but there is no question that this pose was used for its erotic value and not to highlight her ability to hold her own in an argument nor the excellent chemistry & patter between the two hosts.
In a place where Erotic capital is a premium a woman’s weight can be critical, particularly when there are literally hundreds of women 15 to 20 years her junior who would likely not hesitate to make an even more provocative pose for a chance to take that seat next to Joe Scarborough every morning and saw those 15 pounds as an opening.
I think it’s very important to make the point that you don’t have to starve yourself obsessively to be attractive. Women who want the career Mika has need to hear it as do producers locally. It’s a key cultural statement Granted it’s MSNBC but I’m sure SOMEBODY heard it.
Mika is charming in person, a solid host and honest enough to put her bias’ out there. Her husband is a lucky man and Joe Scarborough is even luckier to have her as a co-host because she makes him better. That doesn’t make her any less wrong on things like the Mika Burger and when she’s wrong I’ll happily call her on it, but in terms of a role model of how to carry yourself if I had daughters instead of sons I certainly wouldn’t hesitate to point to her as an example.
Mind you this doesn’t change basic facts of life, with very few exceptions we are not going to see men with my weight or hairline be the goto guy nor are we going to see even plain women in the front chairs. This is a simple fact of life that I don’t have a huge objection to.
I, like most men have absolutely no problem finding myself viewing beautiful women on my TV or admiring the view of the “legs” chair. You put a pretty woman in front of me I’m going to look, I’m married not dead.
But as a person who thinks that society as a whole does better when we are not totally obsessed with a phony meme of what is physical perfection this is a good first step and people should stand up and notice.
Update: Cut & paste gone wile, this morning’s “Mikaburger” post was accidentally included, fixed.
One might think I’m using a cheesecake photo to try and drive tip jar hits since I’ve had a hard time moving DaTipJar this week.
Well while I’m not above such tactics I generally write what pops into my mind and this was it.
Of course if for some reason this DOES cause you to hit DaTipJar and advance me toward that $305 paycheck needed to pay the monthly mortgage, I certainly won’t complain.