In modern times, for young women in particular and increasingly pervasive in the world of young males, body image issues are a major concern linked to what is considered as beauty. The measurement of this is usually dress size, with the continuing debate in recent times about the ethics of size zero models, and size 6 considered the norm. There exists huge societal pressures that result in illnesses like bulimia, anorexia, self-harm and depression – simply because people do not ‘fit’ with what is seen as the ‘right dress size or body shape’.
And if you recognise this damaging societal pressure of image alignment – let me offer you another, one which is even more endemic, more pervasive and far more destructive, which has
been present since the concept was created in 1902. This elitist measurement has become the ‘norm’ in the Western world since the 1930s and is now so endemic, that certainly in Scotland, in my belief, more than half of our young people are damaged for life by being told they are failures by the time they are 14.
This test has remained more or less the same for over 100 years – imagine if maths or medicine had remained the same for that period of time? Cyril Burt, who was Knighted by the Queen in 1946, wanted to restrict the poor from reproduction and his belief was that the rich
could pass on higher IQ to future communities! He was a big advocate of eugenics – which kinda lost its way with Hitler!
Read Les’s complete article here