Madeline is a writer and creative director. Her background includes editorial work for Harpers Bazaar, Cake Magazine and Women's Health. Madeline writes long and short form fiction, feature articles, historical commentary, and reviews.
The Adventures of Danny Cupcake & Muddy
“What do you call this Muddy?” Danny asks. “Your surprise party?” Muddy replies cooly. “Very funny” Danny pushes the door open to an audible creak.
Clap, Punch, Kick. Physical is a harsh lesson in internalised female misogyny and the conditioning of female self consciousness.
I must admit I had a very visceral response watching the first six episodes of Physical. I was quickly transported back to my early childhood where the punishing and restrictive mentality of personal athletic betterment was relentlessly pushed out into the popular culture zeitgeist of the late 80’s - early 90’s. An issue that hasn't left but quietly established itself as the norm of personal female self-empowerment. If, you are a millennial who was reared during this conception of dysmorphic, diet culture toxicity, watching this will be nothing short of an uncomfortable trip down memory lane and for everyone else it will serve as a confronting reminder that there is still a lot of work to do in challenging these beliefs.