i'm sorry, but was anyone else triggered by Avatar? all through the movie, i kept staring at the Na'vi (the tall, skinny blue humanoids) and comparing myself most unfavorably.
some quick background if you didn't see the movie, in the film circa 2154, man with his machines and weapons comes to destroy the exquisitely beautiful land called Pandora. the Na'vi, lovely humanoid creatures, inhabit the land.
There are many similarities to the white man usurping the world of the American Indians. Like the Indians, The Na'vi are in harmony with nature, they use bow and arrows, pray to spirits and clothe themselves with things found in nature. But while they may both wear paint on their bodies, the bodies themselves are very different.
The Na'vi are approximately ten feet tall, so of course they have long glorious legs. They all have high cheekbones on lean faces. in fact, every body-part in pandora is lean -- i couldn't ascertain one ounce of fat in the whole damn land.
the Navi males have big pumped-up chests but teeny, tiny waists and you can count each and every rib between, tapering to slim hips and a small butt.
The Na'vi females have flat, gently muscled stomachs with the smallest of small waists which lead to perfectly rounded hips and adorable pert butts. the breasts are small and perky. the whole effect is skinny, yet shapely. how does that happen?
i tried -- i did, but i couldn't help wanting to have one of those bodies. "what if i skip lunch tomorrow", i thought as the 3-D women romped past? i seriously found myself wondering what those ladies consume each day. they couldn't eat a lot, right? yet how do they stay sooo skinny and have so much energy? how can i do that?
like i said, everyone in Pandora is thin, so when sigourney weaver's character, Grace, leaves the human world and enters her Avatar (the Na'vi-like body she uses when she transports to Pandora), she loses a LOT of weight. (who wants LESS sigourney weaver??!!!) and equally offensive, not only does she lose numerous dress sizes, she also loses many years. suddenly, she's wearing tiny tops, showing off that three inch waist. her little midriff shirt says "Stanford" so perhaps she's regressed to college-age? why must she lose so many pounds and years? are there no elders in Na'vi? well, evidently only two. the parents of the love interest are, to my eyes the only two older folks, of the thousands we see in Pandora.
once again, we get the message -- we are best if young and very thin.
am i making too much of this; reading too much into the movie? perhaps, but clearly it was a big, big deal for me, because i obsessed on it during the (three hour) movie and long after.