Trouble is, I don’t think Gwen meant “chunky” in a neutral way, I think she meant it in a self-deprecating way. She seems to have body dysmorphic disorder, or at any rate, a troubled relationship with food. Sad thing is, a lot of girls will follow in her footsteps, because they don’t want to be “chunky” either.
I love Gwen’s work with No Doubt, but as far as a positive role model for young women, I prefer Beth Ditto, who is accepting of her plus size body, or Pink, who is slender but sends out bold feminist messages of self-acceptance in songs such as Pretty Please (You’re f***ing Perfect). Otep is another positive role model for self-acceptance.
So I’m wondering, what about chunky girls who look up to Gwen Stefani? If Gwen calling herself chunky is so absolutely horrific, what are those chunky girls supposed to think about themselves.
I sincerely hope that Gwen was using chunky as a neutral descriptor, in the same way that many of use use the world fat, but that may not be true. I’m not interested in trying to be a psychic (I’ll leave that to the people who think that…
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