Sweet Machine has a post up about how one of the methods of torturing prisoners was to reduce their caloric intake to 1,000 calories a day. And how it was justified by arguing that, since people voluntarily go on diets that restrict their calories that much, it couldn’t possibly be torture.
That’s interesting, but DO NOT miss the link she has to Junkfood Science. There you’ll find Sandy Szwarc’s post on the Minnesota Starvartion experiment in which people whose caloric intake was restricted to 1,500 a day and it fucked them up.
Many, many people have made this point, but I will make it again. Encouraging women to obsess over our weight and to restrict our caloric intake is one of the easiest and surest ways to keep us from being as effective as we might otherwise could be. No one has to actively hold us back if we accept it as our duty to do it to ourselves.