09 July 2010
Public weighing scales are really strange
I don't know how many of these scales are out on the platforms of Berlin's underground, or if they exist in other parts of Germany or German-speaking Europe. They're quite unobtrusive, but once I saw one I started noticing them elsewhere. Going away highlights the strangeness of everyday life. I've seen weighing scales in public places in the UK too but have never paid much attention to them until now.
It makes me wonder why one might need to be weighed on the platform of a train station, or any public place, and also why would one need to be weighed in general. Their presence and incongruity smack of body surveillance culture and the idea that we can never forget that how much we weigh is really important.
Posted by Dr Charlotte Cooper at 18:40