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Minding the Gap

Minding the Gap

An article by Psychology Professor Tomi-Ann Roberts urges young girls not to be caught up in the pressure to conform to an unrealistic ideal of body image. In “Mind the Thigh Gap?” Roberts writes that she was disturbed to learn that some young girls find themselves inadequate because they don’t have a “thigh gap,” or a space between their inner thighs when they stand with their feet together.

Like the London subway system, Roberts says to “Mind the Gap!” But instead of the empty space between a subway car and platform, Roberts warns of another sort of emptiness: an empty stomach, depleted energy, and shallow thoughts of wanting to be a size 00.