Saturday, 20 July 2013

Emma Woolf The Ministry of Thin - Review


I will always commend Emma Woolf for her honesty on tackling what is usually a very controversial subject and The Ministry of Thin is no different. The book covers society's growing obsession with thin, how it dominates every aspect of life and an exploration of the origin of these warped ideas on thin.

Despite herself admitting "what could be more irritating than a thin person calling another person fat" Woolf doesn't shy away from questioning our somewhat crazy preoccupation with weight. Every other week a woman's magazine will tell us the hot new way to lose weight, why depriving our bodies of caffeine, refined sugars and pumping in the 'super foods' will do wonders. All the while men are learning the best way to bulk up. The concept of what a successful woman and man look like are well discussed throughout the book; appearing that there are a gazillion more limits for a woman. A woman can't be older (or at least visibly), a woman must be in control of her weight (fluctuation of any kind is sacrilege),and  most importantly a woman must be fully committed to maintaining every aspect of her body. On reading Ministry of Thin it becomes increasingly obvious how ludicrous most of these ideas look when written down yet to a certain extent most of us conform to them in every day life.

The most praisable aspect of Woolf's writing style has to be her ability to give her readers the chance to identify with her views. Far from feeling forced into agreeing with Woolf, I felt myself wanting to shout "YES" at almost every page. Woolf is an empowering intelligent not afraid to tell the world what she thinks and we all have a lot to learn from her. I thoroughly recommend reading both The Ministry of Thin and An Apple a Day.

My thoughts on finishing the book: It's okay to like yourself, despite what society is saying it is HEALTHY to love YOU and conforming to the ministry of thin we live in isn't going to get you much further than the mirror. 

Something to take note of: "Of course Newcastle women wear the highest heels - they also wear mini-skirts and bikini tops to nightclubs in midwinter - Geordie girls are made of tough stuff."

Now get reading!

1 comment:

  1. Hannah, you write so beautifully! I found myself wanting to read this book - LOL - then realised I wrote it! Love you, Em xxx