Taboos around appetite
April 19, 2010
I’ve spent a lot of time in the last few weeks thinking about the taboos in our society centered around our natural appetites for food and sex. Although we can intellectually dissect why these taboos exist (puritanical roots of American society, religious mania, the use of “being thin” as social discrimination, etc.) we can’t seem to let go of that sinking feeling in our stomachs when we do nothing more “horrible” than simply follow an appetite signal and satisfy it.
We all need to wake up – it’s 2010 here and not the middle ages!
Well, I for one have decided that I’ve spent the first 50+ years of my life either feeling guilty about and/or denying my appetites… and enough is enough! What a painful way to live, always telling yourself what you “shouldn’t” do/feel/eat! More than anything else I want to be guided by my inner sense of health and well-being and not be guided by society’s decrees about how I should look, what sex I should participate/not participate in and what food is “ok” and “not ok” to eat. Of course it’s only people who are genetically programmed to be heavier when they eat like everyone else (me, for one!!) who are subject to judgement from outside when they put something in their mouths. The “naturally slender” portion of the population justs giggles about it while they are enjoying dessert! What arrogance…
It’s time to wake up, connect to your own inner sense of what is healthy and fulfilling and let the moral majority torture someone else.