Wednesday, April 16, 2008

French Women Won't Get Fat

Legislators in France have just introduced a bill that would fine pro-anorexia websites. This means that the French paradox is not that you can drink wine and eat chocolate and not gain weight, but that so-called conservatives want to legislate behavior (oh wait, they do that here too) and that women and teenage girls are obsessed with their weight no matter what language they use to express it.

Of course it isn't as if the French elected Carla Bruni Chatelaine of the Elysée Palace. We have her husband the trophy-wife hunter to thank for that, and her own track record as adventuress and dater of the famous. But it's not a bad choice if you prefer your First Lady to be chic and literate (her current, passable album features poems by Yeats, Emily Dickinson, Auden, Dorothy Parker, Walter de la Mare, and Christina Rosetti set to music) rather than dull and humorless. Oh, and as befits a former supermodel, very, very thin.

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