Give her a fucking break, Bridget Jones was NOT overweight.

I copped this idea from a post I saw on Instagram, but, it’s true, Bridget Jones was not overweight - Bridget Jones was scarcely a whole nine stones. Give her a fucking break. Bridget Jones was a perfectly healthy size. So many of us grew up with this ideology that Bridget Jones was a big fat failure, and why was Bridget Jones a failure? Because she didn’t have a man and she didn’t like her body. I wonder if I was the protagonist of something similar called ‘Emma Malcolmson’s Diary’, what in the hell would be said about me. “Morbidly obese mouthy student who goes out too much”, perhaps. It’s quite ironic really, to even have a woman’s weight as a major plot point. Have you ever, EVER seen a man in fiction be so fixated upon his weight that it becomes his main personality trait? Has it ever been a topic of discussion that a fictional male character was fat and overweight? When we think of 'Bridget Jones’s Diary', do we think of how squig-y or hard Mr Darcy or Daniel Cleaver’s guts may be? No. Plain and simple, we don’t. We think of them as we think of their successes – Mr Darcy, the successful human rights barrister who received his degree from Cambridge, and Daniel Cleaver, Bridget’s ‘big-boss’ at the publishing company. Yet, we are trained to pity “poor old Bridget”, because she likes to drink, smoke cigs and she dislikes her figure. We oversee the flaws in both of Bridget’s potentials, and we will often pick our favourite –


“Are you Team Darcy, or Team Cleaver?”

What about Team Bridget?!?!


All the while, completely ignoring the fact that frankly, Darcy is a toffee-nosed prick and Cleaver, well – Cleaver is misogynistic nymphomaniac. Yet, because poor Bridget thinks she is fat, well then, she must be a failure, despite her successful career in publishing - in LONDON, of all places. I often think of Bridget Jones to be one of those books (or films, whichever one you prefer) to be one that transcends time. It’s something you can just pick up, or stick on, and know you are going to enjoy, but has Bridget Jones became outdated? I love Bridget, I really do, but I’m starting to wonder if we all love Bridget so dearly because we see ourselves in her – unlucky in love, with a body image complex who is subject to embarrassing herself in public. We deny that Bridget is successful, because society, and poor Bridget tell us so. When my first relationship ended, my friend recently, very kindly reminded me that I was hysterically crying, “I’M GOING TO BE BRIDGET JONES FOREVER NOW”. What would be wrong with being Bridget Jones? It’s ironic now, because as a graduated journalism student – I would quite literally give an arm and a leg to have Bridget’s career and geographical location at my dispense. I’m sad to say, but I think it’s about time we all bid farewell to poor old Bridget. There’s a time and a place for poor old Bridget but that time and place is not 2020. I’m not saying lets ‘cancel culture’ Bridget. I’m saying we must rid ourselves of the depiction of Bridget we were taught to have. From now on, we shall dismiss every other secondary character Fielding wrote into the story. From now on, we support Bridget and only Bridget – it is her show, after all. Oh, and we never define any woman by her weight - ever again.

Bridget, you’re doing amazing, sweetie.




Emma Malcolmson

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