In most aspects of life, we’re always yearning for more: more time, more money, more love, more knowledge, more space, more insight, more sleep, more hope, more light. With regard to weight and shape and size, however, less is more—to weigh less; to have a smaller frame; to approximate zero as best we can; to come, in some cases, as close to nothingness as possible, while still claiming to exist.
“I want to be less.” Deconstructing the sentence, it’s interesting how it maintains meaning as it shrinks:
I want to be less.
I want to be.
I want to.
For women, how did less become a synonym for more?