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size/meaning

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marcia m eaton (marciameaton)
Fri, 19 Mar 1999 03:23:37 -0500


Betty's suggestion that thin is powerful and hence an example of small
being powerful is challenging. I am inclined to think that thinness in
women does not place the power in the women, but rather that the power
resides elsewhere (where exactly is very hard to say)--in "those" who make
us believe that thin is beautiful. Anoerexic (sp?) people are certainly
not powerful.
I certainly agree that technology has made smallness appealing---the
smallest watch, camera, TV, etc---but I don't think that the appeal is one
of power. We tend to say "small, but powerful" indicating that there is
something contradictory about these two notions. Contrast to "big, but
powerful" which doesn't make sense because the two concepts are connected.

But I'd love to hear what your students have to say about this. Best,
Marcia