Disability Essay

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In today’s society men have an attraction
towards skinny women. The most gorgeous
super models are thin and when other girls look
at them, they get jealous. Many girls see this, and
view themselves as being overweight and have a
complex and a desire, which is to be skinny, this
disease is called Anorexia. Anorexia is a disease,
which affects mostly women and sometimes
men. Anorexia is when you think you are fat, and
you deprive yourself of food in order to be
skinny. They see themselves as being fat and
want to strive to be better than the "norm", and
by that, being as skinny as possible. The
glamorous women are skinny and we see this
everywhere in movies, fashion shows, television,
magazines etc…

Lennard Davis describes normalcy as
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This, as
we have seen, is in contrast to societies with the
concept of an ideal, in which all people have a
non-ideal status" (Davis, p29)

Davis is saying that there are many people who
are considered normal and want to be better than
that. Anorexia deals with this because girls feel
they have to be skinny in order to be beautiful.
Beautiful as in being prettier than "average"
women are. They want to be the ideal but then
they stray away from it as they get into the
extremes cases of anorexic they go toward the
non-ideal situation.

Ideology plays a big part in this because with
anorexia the girls strive to be skinny, and this is
their "ideal" situation. With anorexia they get to
their ideal stage and still have a complex of
thinking they are fat. They go far beyond they
ideal stage and then the disease takes them far
beyond their desired state and get into an acute
situation. In my sister’s situation it became so
severe that she had to put in a hospital and had to
be fed intravenously. She weighed 97 pounds
and was 5’10" at her worst.

Anorexia is also caused by a stigma. We ask why
does a person become Anorexic? One way a
person may become anorexic is by them being
alienated, or mentally abused due to their obesity.
Having a stigma hurts a lot and sometimes people
must take extreme measures in order to fight the
stigma and get on with their normal life. As
Goffman says, society categorizes people and
when people get into a category they…