Monday, June 7, 2010

All women are REAL women

I was watching this video, "This is what a real woman looks like", and I found myself getting really annoyed. On some levels, the video has a great message. I think the media's incredibly narrow view of what women are "supposed" to look like is incredibly damaging. The diet industry makes billion dollars a year. Women are supposed to constantly care about what they look like (and spend lots of money to look acceptable). The average age of a girls first diet is 8! There's no way this is right.

However, I think the "real women" backlash against the media is also damaging. All women are real women. Short, tall; fat, skinny, curvy, flat...we're all women. A different narrow box of acceptability isn't any better than the previous one.

Models that have been photoshopped into un-reality: not real women.

Super gorgeous super-models (even if they're skinny): Real Women

Supreme Court Justice Nominee Elena Kagan: Real Woman

Dottie Kamenshek, member of the All-American Girls Baseball League: Real Woman

Kerri Walsh & Misty May-Treanor, multiple Olympic gold medalists and all around bad-asses: Real Women

James Franco's Japanese Pillow: Not a Real Woman

Any questions?

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