Well, you might have concluded
that the fems had thought of everything for their recent Love
Your Body Day. After all, they pride themselves on being state-of-the-art
when it comes to intelligence and relevancy.
In their web-site outline of recommendations
to members, NOW lists under Body Image Actions that NOWers are
to lobby "to add 'size' and 'physical appearance' to local,
state and national anti-discrimination legislation."
As if we don't already have enough special
categories for that consideration! Eventually, no one will be
able to be a part of any minority. Really now, can we press
one more whatever into the box of "anti-discrimination"?
Further, NOWers are to "put pressure on
companies that discriminate against fat people. . ."
With that, members are to "picket beauty
pageants." And "throw away or burn. . .bathroom scales,
diet books, tapes or videos, calorie counters, tape measurers,
make-up, high heels, one-size-fits-all clothing, advertising
that objectifies women, etc."
So there you have it, fems. Get as fat as you
want and run for NOW president, though of course obesity is
broadcast daily as a major problem in our nation. So, dare we
ask: What's wrong with the NOW picture?
Now if that's not enough, NOW champions organizing
an annual International No-Diet Day Action. Plus: NOWers are
to "lobby the Food and Drug Administration to control.
. .the diet industry."
But there's more: NOWers urge members to "picket
shoe manufacturers and shoe stores. . .Poorly designed shoes"
are a major national problem.
So are the "large size women's clothing
stores that actually don't carry sizes above those of regular
department stores." NOWers are to picket those stores.
Further, along with this goes NOW fighting
accessibility problems. That is, "large-sized people are
discriminated against because of seating in restaurants and
theaters, on airplanes and other forms of public transportation,
and because of turnstiles that prohibit."
Naturally, the bottom line to all this is strongly
accented at the close of the NOW mandate. It simply reads: "Stop
dieting, avoid participating in the diet culture."
So that's the extent of Love Your Body as far
as NOW defines the precious temple Creator God has given us
for this earthly sojourn.
Understandably, sizing up one's body solely
in secular terms yields nothing more than NOW's earth-bound
agenda. How sad, for when one realizes that the body is a God-presented
gift to be cared for, nurtured and regarded as the temple of
God, then the love for that body is defined in terms of holiness.
Surely then, realizing the human frame as a
holy entity, one of the prime accents for a female body is hallowing
any pregnancy therein with care and thanksgiving.
Yet unfortunately that primary accent is consistently
missing from any recommendations list of the National Organization
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