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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.

18th May, 2013
'Imagine if an interview with Seamus Heaney opened with what he was having for breakfast, and whether it was likely to make him fat.'

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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