Never Just Pictures

Never Just Pictures

Published by University of California Press
by Susan Bordo

When Alicia Silverstone, the svelte nineteen-year0old star of Clueless, appeared· at the Academy Awards just a smidge more substantial than she had been in the movie, the tabloids ribbed her cruelly, calling her “fat­girl” and “buttgirl” (her·next movie role is Batgirl) and “more Babe than babe.” Our idolatry of the trim, tight body shows no signs of relinquishing its grip on our conceptions of beauty and normality.