Lately Friends does not appeal to me because the habit of casting ONLY skinny, skinny women with protruding bones is bad for my body image and self esteem. (There are healthy skinny women and healthy round women but this show does NOT show a healthy balance.) Not healthy role models I want for my daughter either. When I watch Friends I feel fat and inferior. A couple years ago there was a big outcry when there were billboards for Friends with photos of just the women and the words "Cute Anorexic Chicks."
This is also true of many other shows. Courtney Thorne-Smith (now on a sitcom with Jim Belushi) was once quoted as saying she left Ally McBeal (another show where I loved the writing, hated how it made me feel fat) because the working environment was not healthy for HER body image. If a woman with that beautiful a body feels bad then we are all at risk.
re: American idol: am I to believe that the Rubenesque goddess Frenchie was REALLY fired because of posing nude when the slimmer Nikki in the first season was a stripper and nobody cared? Yeah, and I have a bridge to sell........
Take the time to heal from your marriage before you move on with someone else. Make a list of all the qualities you would like in a new partner and then work on growing that way yourself. ~mandib50