Worried about your beach body? Take a lesson from Gen Z | Zoe Williams

Worried about your beach body? Take a lesson from Gen Z | Zoe Williams

Young women find my generation’s reflexive, internalised fat-shaming weird and ridiculous. So, at 50, I’m taking a leaf from their book

Mr Z was having a crisis of confidence, due to the change of seasons. He thinks summer’s easy when you’re young; you just wear fewer clothes. In middle age all these questions crowd in: are you allowed to wear shorts? Where do you stand on vests? Should you be worrying about your body hair? What if it’s greying? Did society ever land on a decision regarding socks, sandals, toes, men, pedicures and the peculiar pallor below the ankle tan line? It’s a minefield. Better not to get dressed at all.

It was such a stark contrast of the social experience of the genders, that it was almost endearing. Imagine reaching the age of 49 before worrying about how many clothes you’re allowed to take off. Imagine reaching the end of May before the sock-and-sandal question breaks into your consciousness.

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