“A truly excellent writer, though, pursues her obsessions and allows them to dictate what form her work will take. That sounds simple, but in fact it is hard for any writer to recognize what those obsessions are, to face them squarely when they are frightening or puzzling, and to shape them into persuasive works of art.”
J. Robert Lennon, reviewing Jamie Quatro’s IWantToShowYouMore, The New York Times Book Review
“Male Jurors More Likely To Find Fat Women Guilty, According To Depressing Study”
From the story up at Slate, by Katy Waldman:
“This month a team of Yale psychologists released a study indicating that male jurors—but not female jurors—were more likely to hand a guilty verdict to obese women than to slender women. The researchers corralled a group of 471 pretend peers of varying body sizes and described to them a case of check fraud. They also presented them with one of four images—either a large guy, a lean guy, a large woman, or a lean woman—and identified the person in the photograph as the defendant. Participants rated the pretend-defendant’s guilt on a five-point scale. No fat bias emerged when the female pretend peers evaluated the female pretend defendants or when either men or women assessed the guilt of the men. But when the male pretend peers pronounced judgment on the female pretend defendants, BMI prejudice reared up. …
“The study offers further depressing insights. Not only did the male pretend jurors prove ‘significantly more likely’ to find the obese female defendants—rather than the slim ones—guilty, but the trim male participants were worst of all, frequently labeling the fat women ‘repeat offenders’ with ‘awareness’ of their crimes.”
I’ll watch the second season of Girls when it begins on January 13, and I’ve been trying to figure out why.
It doesn’t have an anti-hero I hate to love, but can’t help myself, like J. R. Ewing or Tony Soprano.
It doesn’t have characters I care about so much that I cheer for them and cry for them, like Treme. I mean when LaDonna showed up at Albert’s chemo session, I just wanted to join her and hold his other hand.
The only thing I can think of is that it makes me relieved to be the age I am and grateful that I came of age when I did.