Jessica Valenti is pissed that a relaunch of the Sweet Valley High series has retconned the twin protagonists from a “perfect size 6” to a “perfect size 4.” I’m sympathetic to the idea that kids literature probably shouldn’t be compounding young girls’ body image issues by stipulating a “perfect” size, whatever it might be. But I’m also not sure this actually represents a change that produces “skinnier twins,” as Valenti writes. As someone accustomed to buying pants with the waistlines measured in inches, I have no idea how women cope with the arbitrary-seeming size numbers used by designers of women’s clothing. But I am given to understand that one clear trend over time has been a sort of size-inflation, as designers ratchet down the numbers linked with objective measurements. I’m guessing a size 6 circa 1983, when the books were originally published, probably is about a size 4 (or smaller?) today.
Label Inflation Hits Tween Fiction
March 27th, 2008 · 6 Comments