There’s a lot of talk these days about the “War on Women.” But what about the ‘War on Women’s Bodies”? Or the “War on Women’s Self- Image”?
With all the pressure on women to adhere to impossible standards of beauty set by starving, chain-smoking 20 year-old models in New York City, one would think that there would be nothing new under the “diet fad” sun.
Well, not so fast. Brides-to-be are resorting to feeding tubes to lose weight and fit into the their Brides Magazine dream gown. Yup, that’s right, the same feeding tube your sick grandmother was forced to use in the hospital is now a $1,500 pre-wedding day diet program import from Europe, where it has been popularized for years. Now American brides can skip the gym and meal-time discipline to drop 10lbs in 10 days.
This quick fix seems to be a perfect analogy for the current state of marriage in America – everyone wants a perfect marriage, but few are willing to put in the hard work and make a daily commitment to maintaining and nurturing it.
Alas, as with all things that seem too good to be true, there are some drawbacks to the feeding tube diet (besides explaining to friends and co-workers why you have a tube up your nose).
It also causes bad breath and constipation. Not exactly the stuff of a romantic wedding night.