Critique Of The Article 'myth Of Narcissus: Economic Lifeblood Of The Catwalk' By Lia Darby.

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'Myth of Narcissus: economic lifeblood of the catwalk' by Lia Darby is a poorly constructed and argued article. She uses vague and unreferenced examples, ('recently in a seaside town in France', 'in the many fashion magazines') and the progression of her ideas isn't clear and doesn't lead naturally to the conclusion she obviously wants us to draw.The central premise of 'Myth of Narcissus: economic lifeblood of the catwalks' is that the ideal of beauty when taken to excess is destructive and that 'beauty is as beauty does': we shouldn't let our vanity and obsession with superficialities get in the way of doing worthwhile things. The author is claiming the moral to the myth of Narcissus: excessive vanity leads to self-destruction, is still relevant in our society today. Her central argument however does not become clear until the end of the article, instead she seems to be saying that we should put aside our 'trivial' anorexia and right some social wrongs.The author begins by setting forth the moral of an old Greek myth as an unimpeachable truth and then goes on to state without any real evidence, or explanation as to why, that we are still excessively vain and to infer that this is responsible for world starvation, social wrongs, 'endless wars' and 'endless atrocities'. She poses questions which she does not answer and makes broad sweeping statements which she does not back up.After giving us her version of the myth she goes on to ask 'In all the years... have we learnt anything from it?' She then goes on to explain why she believes we are still Narcissistic. The proofs she offers are the modelling industry, eating disorders, body building and women's magazines. Most of the authors proof for our excessive vanity and its destructiveness seems to come from the prevalence of bulimia and anorexia. She claims 'it would be hard to argue that diseases such as anorexia and bulimia have nothing whatsoever to do with the sufferers' desire for a 'perfect body''. She doesn't explain why she thinks it would be hard to argue or even try to argue it herself. The only proof she gives for this statement is that it's obvious they're thin, 'the rest of the world sees them as skeletons', but they still think they are fat. She then goes on to paraphrase a Thomas Hardy scene in which the main character, Jude, hangs himself and his children because there are 'too many' as if this somehow proves that anorexics are Narcissistic. They kill themselves because there is too much fat?By beginning the next paragraph with 'to a lesser extent the Narcissistic theme is present in many other areas of our society' and then going on to discuss the phenomena of body-building she equates lifting weights to the disease of anorexia but does not explain how the two are related. She implies that they are both examples of vanity. She goes on to talk about women's magazines and their double obsession with body fat and love-affairs thus lumping the three together with the weak link of a...

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