Healthy Bodies Are Back

Kate Winslet, Sandra Bullock and Drew Barrymore are three of the most beautiful women in Hollywood. I am thankful they exist to give women like me a sexy, attractive, healthy image to look up to. Here's hoping the rest of Hollywood catches on!
Kathy Butler, Centreville, Va.

What a skewed society to think that a size 4 is plump. In a nation where size 14 is the norm, we should not be congratulating the stars who only diet to a size 6 instead of a size 2.
Kate Schenck, Seattle

Your cover story was hogwash. Healthy bodies are not back: Women still viciously diet, smoke to curb appetite and exercise obsessively. How is that healthy? Catherine Zeta-Jones lost all of her baby weight in a month—how is that healthy? The women on the cover are attractive, yes, but healthy? Unlikely.
Sara VanWinkle, Houston

As an aspiring actress, I have been rejected for parts due to my womanly body. Your spotlight on these gorgeous leading ladies should be a wake-up call to producers and casting directors everywhere. You have given an extra swing to my size-8 hips.
Jennie Teel, Los Angeles

As a man who fully appreciates women with curves, it's refreshing to see they are again in fashion. Go for it, ladies, I love it!
Bob Brawley, Powell, Wyo.

Elinor Burkett

Hooray to Elinor Burkett for advocating for nonparents. As a midlife woman, childless by choice, I'm often confronted with unsolicited comments and unwelcome advice. While I would never tell a mother that she will one day regret her decision to have kids, parents have no problem telling me I'm making a big mistake. With overpopulation and maltreated children serious problems worldwide, the child-free should be rewarded, not ridiculed.
Stacy Taylor, El Cerrito, Calif.

Elinor Burkett needs to get a clue. A $500 tax credit hardly tips the iceberg of what rearing a child costs. Where are all the "benefits" and "subsidies" for being a parent that she refers to? We could all keep our children out of public places, but how are they going to learn the social skills and tolerance of other people that Ms. Burkett so clearly possesses? Her mother was very fortunate for apparently giving birth to an adult.
Teresa Boehle, Lafayette, Ind.

I too am familiar with the abuse hurled at those of us who remain childless by choice. The irony is that we are so often called selfish. Yet when I ask people why they have children, they reply, "I want someone to carry on my name, to take care of me when I'm older, who will love me unconditionally. I want to leave my mark on the world, I want someone I can bring up the way I want to, I want a reason to get up in the morning...." I wonder if the definition of selfish has changed since the last time I looked.
Bethanie Morrissey, Murphysboro, Ill.

What Elinor Burkett and those like her don't seem to understand is that they don't live in a vacuum. One of the responsibilities of living in a civilized society, along with paying your taxes, is the upbringing of the next generation. There is a self-centeredness to Ms. Burkett's movement that I find disturbing. Working a little harder, paying a few more taxes and dealing with a little noise in a restaurant is a small price to pay for the future of our country.
Lucy Lee, Cambridge, Mass.

My best friend and I understand exactly how Elinor Burkett feels, but in a different way. We have grown children and would rather have sticks in our eyes than to ever have to listen to someone else's kids again. We are worn to a frazzle in our early 40s by what our own kids have put us through and continue to. When kids are little, they step all over your feet; when they are older, they step all over your heart. I am suing my kids for premature gray hair, deafness from their voices and music, and phones ringing 24 hours a day that are never for me. If I ever get grandchildren, they will be forced to call me Mrs. Moore and live at least 200 miles away.
Patricia Moore and Debra S. Adams Ocala, Fla.

Star Tracks
Your reference in the April 16 issue to 10-year-old Emma Roberts seeing the premiere of her film Blow was completely incorrect. Emma attended the prescreening red-carpet festivities but was not allowed to see the R-rated film due to her mother's strict policy against children viewing adult content. Furthermore, when deciding if Emma should even act in Blow, we (her mother and I as her manager) were very careful in making sure that Emma was not involved in any scenes dealing with drugs.
David Sweeney, Los Angeles