The obsession with appearance and weight isn't an unhealthy phenomenon - it's utterly sexist, as author Lionel Shriver found out to her cost, writes Catherine O'Mahony.
I am wary of 'pass-remarkable' people. I don't mean those who notice if you've made an effort with your appearance. I mean people who subject you to a quick up and down appraisal on every encounter, and follow up with a little observational quip about what they see (your choice of shoes, your colour scheme, the presence or lack of a suitable coat, etc).
It's generally quite friendly in tone and, I am sure, is...
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