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Thursday, October 04, 2012

I went to a great workshop today on how the media tricks us as it relates to our body image. I have to share this link! It's only 1min 14sec, well worth your time.

Used the clip this evening to talk to my daughter about the women and girls we see in magazines and how the pics are not real. She was puzzled, so we watched and talked about self acceptance. I am trying to get a copy of the power point slides used in the workshop, there were some amazing and startling facts about dieting, anorexia and bulimia. I will share if I can get a hold of them (and get it okay'd from the speaker).
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  • no profile photo CD11178141
    Why take such pains to make everyone look the same (and fake)? It eliminates true beauty. Beauty is in our uniqueness and our imperfections and all the small things that make us who we are.

    Thank you for sharing. This is a conversation I've been having with both my girls since they were very young. It is an important message that needs to be constantly reiterated.
    2916 days ago
    I'm constantly amazed by things like this. I'm frustrated too, because I don't understand who the images help. There were beautiful people before photoshop, and I like to think that we can appreciate variations from perfection.

    I have been doing a lot this semester to show my students things like the clip you shared, as well as clips of what a terrible job we are doing of teaching men to be "human" through media. It is getting upsetting. I just can't imagine WHO thinks any of this is good for us.
    2916 days ago
    I can't get to the link. I hate how no woman looks REAL anymore.
    2916 days ago
  • CAMAEL100
    Thanks, I am dreading those years. They seem to get body conscious earlier and earlier now.
    2916 days ago
    Thank you for sharing the link and congratulations on trying to set the right examples for your daughter. I also have two daughters and I believe it's really important to set things straight about beauty and body image now that they're still young. I recently used a news clip I found from our own tv network which talked about a US show featuring little girls dressed and made-up like Hollywood stars! There were psychologists and dermatologists talking about all the bad effects this can have on their mental and physical health. They were puzzled like your daughter and I tried to explain to them the difference between wanting to be beautiful - which is normal - and wanting to be something that you're not.
    I'll definitely show them the video from your link. We have to teach them what real beauty is all about.
    2916 days ago
  • LADYBUG546
    yes very true...lots and lots of airbrushing...I have a cousin who's cousin is a playboy model and I think in person she is not that pretty buck teeth, huge eyebrows, etc...airbrushed she looks amazing and totally different...she is put together when we all go out but her profession pictures definitely are not accurate...hopefully your daughter grab the information you gathered and holds on to it forever
    2916 days ago
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