Women are obsessed with numbers
- Published: 24 November 2009
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Women are obsessed with numbers. This is not a good thing, writes Sarah Hannah Fisher.
Take a second to digest my statement. Women are obsessed with numbers. What!? You say. No I’m not! I hated maths! If women were obsessed with maths, that would be great, but that's not what I mean.
Let me ask you some questions. How much do you weigh? What clothes size are you? Shoe size? How many fat grams in your favourite desert? How many cms is your waist? What is your BMI? How tall are you? How tall/short is your favourite celebrity and how much does she weigh? How old are you? How old do you want to look? How many calories are in your dinner tonight?
My guess is that you will know the answer to at least one of those questions. I told you. Numbers! Me? I know the answers to all of those.
Women tend to live their lives with numbers in the back of their heads. Size and weight are splashed over the covers of almost every magazine you pick up and inevitably inside them too.
My wardrobe has so many sizes inside that if you were some kind of alien looking at the size tags of all my garments, you would never be able to guess what size I actually am. In the past five years I have been a size 6 and a size 14, with everything in between, and my closet reflects this. While that may say something more about me and my past illnesses (and my inability to let go of certain items) I will bet that your own wardrobe tells a similar story.
There was a time when my eyes would prickle with tears if I didn’t fit into a certain size and my mood would plummet. I would get a similar effect if the scale read above a certain number. Looking back now, I want to give the younger version of myself a big shake and a slap. The size tag on your clothes is irrelevant.
There are no standardized clothing sizes in
The last research into sizing standards in
Until that happens, as consumers we just need to be aware of the fact that different stores have different sizes. Stores will base their sizes on their target audience and then use vanity sizes to make us feel better and thus want to spend more: “Ohmigod, I am a size 10 in
Numbers are exact, precise and direct. But the human body cannot be described by numbers, or explained by figures. The human body cannot be truly categorized because every one is different and unique.
You are not your clothing size. And you are certainly not 'zero' or 'nothing'.
Sarah Hannah Fisher is a 25-year-old writer from Sydney. A passionate animal rights activist, she also loves writing about the relationships between fashion, pop culture, body image, mental illness and the media. By day she is the editorial co-ordinator for the beauty website Primped but come nightfall she's reading the latest book on her 'to read' list and enjoying a glass (or three) of red wine. You are most likely to find her asleep under her doona covers dreaming about Wonderland or voicing her opinions through her blog, Death Wears Diamond Jewellery.