Amazing. read this book after it was mentioned on You Tube's "What Mia Did Next" channel, a motivational feed I've followed for sometime. De Rossi braAmazing. read this book after it was mentioned on You Tube's "What Mia Did Next" channel, a motivational feed I've followed for sometime. De Rossi bravely bares her soul in this wrenching memoir. Though raw, Lightness is beautifully written and eloquent. Though at times it is incredibly graphic, mentions many well known hollywood stars and stories, and delves deep into de Rossi's personal thoughts, Lightness lacks the sensationalism and also the distance of other Hollywood or eating disorders memoirs. it is jarring, but comforting, personal, but relatelable. but most importantly, it is unbelievably eye-opening. De Rossi removes so many of the blinders many readers like myself may have been living with for sometime. Whether they struggle with eating disorders or not, I think most people will relate to how so many of de Rossi's dreams, goals and doubts were shaped by her idea of image and how many, many, many of these emotions are attached to food.
After reading this, I think that about 90% of us are disordered eaters and have disordered thinking about our bodies and our diets. Moreover, after reading this I am CONVINCED that 100% of us (men and women both) are suffering desperately under what is unfortunately, a perfectly "ordered" and meticulously planned attack on our psyches by the beauty and image industry. This industry is a system, a war machine literally designed to attack our insecurities and profit from our doubts. It's sole method of money making to convince us that we are not our best selves without their products, their ideas. That we will not get that raise, marry that person, live that life i without their products, because without their products we are not our best selves and don't deserve complete happiness, because without their products there is still work to be done. How about we work on ourSELVES????!!!
Next up will be Namoi Wolf's The Beauty Myth, mentioned by both de Rossi and on What Mia Did Next....more
I finally finished reading this and it was just so magnificent and wonderful and painful and yet so beyond any words that could truly describe the expI finally finished reading this and it was just so magnificent and wonderful and painful and yet so beyond any words that could truly describe the experience of reading it. What must it have been like to live it? Cheryl's words and thoughts are so resonant and familiar and yet her story is something that is so singularly linked to her and her alone that it feels wrong to call it those things too. I have come to treasure, treasure, treasure this book and so I know the only thing to do is to burn it. Keeping it on a shelf just seems wrong and giving it away would be unimaginable. It is something that I have never done before - burn a book, and though I know it will hurt me just a little, I know it will be thrilling. How could I not? What a better way to share this story with the amazing woman who wrote it - or to feel connected with so so many others who have had to have had the same impulse - than that?...more