By Meryl Gottlieb | firstname.lastname@example.org | @merylgottlieb
The twisted concept of the ideal body image of an American woman is everywhere in the media, and, more disturbingly, in our minds.
Thin is typically the keyword used when describing a “pretty” woman. Though we now like to believe our society is an accepting one, we have to understand it is still as discriminatory as its ancestors.
When a larger person walks down the street, we look at them in disgust, thinking, “How could you ever let yourself get like that?” Everyone judges, because we are all imperfect and need to justify our own imperfections by ridiculing those of others.
However, here is a role model that everyone can look up to. Jennifer Livingston, an anchor for WKBT News 8 This Morning, confronts a viewer’s letter that deems her as an unfit example for the community because she is overweight, but boy does she teach him, as well as the world, a lesson or two.
Mrs. Livingston goes on air on her show and discusses the “issue.” One of the more memorable and inspirational lines she says is, “I am much more than a number on a scale.” She even highlights that October is National Anti-Bullying Month and voices her concern about the children who cannot bare the hurtful words that are said about them. She continues by saying these behaviors are learned and that this behavior needs to stop.
In four and a half minutes, Mrs. Livingston provides a powerful message that can change a person’s life and life perspective. She says what needed to be said and said again. She is a hero.