Unicorns are Unicorns, Rhinos are not.
While cruising my Facebook wall today, I saw this image:
I’ve seen things like this in the past. The image of the Rhinoceros on a treadmill, looking at the “thinspiration” poster of a sleek unicorn is one example of this.
However, I can easily deconstruct this image.
First of all, a unicorn is a myth. There is no such thing as a unicorn. Although there are one-horned animals that are either naturally one-horned; mutations; one-horned from accidents or the shedding cycle; or manipulated by humans to be such, there are no unicorns. Especially not the image of a sleek Arabian horse with a horn on it’s forehead that we are inundated with when we look for unicorns.
Rhinoceroses, on the other hand, are real creatures. Real creatures with a natural weight and body type, that no amount of exercise is going to change into a mythical creature. Real animals that have evolved into the shape and size they are due to what was the best thing for them in the environment in which they evolved.
Even assuming that a unicorn was real, there is no way to transform a rhinoceros into a unicorn (or taking the images we see of unicorns, there is no way to transform a rhinoceros into a sleek, petite, Arabian horse). It’s impossible. We aren’t talking about mechanical aliens that just happen to transform into this planet’s vehicles. We are talking about real bodies in real life.
I find that the more I think about fat/size activism, the more I hate images like these. They push the idea that anybody can change into what they want. While the idea has some merit (how many people have had a disadvantaged childhood and grow up to be successful business people, for one example), it is just physically not possible to alter one’s body like that without massive amounts of surgery.
Yes, I have read the articles of the woman who surgically altered herself because she wanted to resemble a Barbie doll®. Her story is beside the point. Or, rather, maybe it is the point.
In order to make such a drastic change, she had to have plastic surgery, of which estimates range from $250,000 to over $1,000,000 — plastic surgery which took over 20 years.
Is it possible for a rhinoceros to become a unicorn? No. Not in a million years. Not with all the exercise and diets and plastic surgery in the world.
Neither is it possible for a person who has a certain shape to successfully alter that shape. Not with all the exercise and diets and surgery in the world.
We are not Transformers, and we don’t live in a world where unicorns exist. The best thing we can do, instead of trying to become something that is impossible, is to learn to accept ourselves and to see the beauty that we already have. And if other people want you to be a unicorn, well, they can go pound sand because your rhino/platypus/zebra/whale/whatever body you have is unique, and deserves to be loved by you.