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Imperfectly PERFECT!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Mother Jones recently flagged another instance of what we are up against when it comes to attempting to accept ourselves as we are:

Jezebel Takes On Self's Self-Hating Photoshop Policies

"For their latest cover—sell line: Slim Down *Your* Way—the editors of Self basically created a new (and of course, much thinner) body for Kelly Clarkson. (That was their way.) Called to the carpet by Jezebel (and for god's sake, Entertainment Tonight), the Self editors then issued the most disgusting, enraging explanation possible, namely that covers shouldn't reflect reality, but "inspire women to want to be their best." At which point, Jezebel issued a seriously awesome and funny takedown. Read it."

This is a terrific example of how skewed our media can be toward thin-ness to the point of justifying Photoshop-ing pics into unnaturally thin images...supposedly to "inspire women to want to be their best"...! How outrageous is THAT?!?

My takeaway message from all of this is that all of us looking to reclaim our health and wellness, to re-build acceptance of our bodies as imperfectly *perfect*, we are swimming against some powerful forces out there!

Adding this to our own internal forces such as old bad habits, negative self-talk, negative self-image...I just want to highlight what a MIRACULOUS and STUNNING ACHIEVEMENT for all of us to pull ahead of ALL of this and exercise, make healthy food choices and FIND OUR SPARK!

Everyone keep up your WONDERFUL efforts and when you look in the mirror be *kind* to yourself: we are all imperfectly PERFECT!


PS: There are so many interesting articles out there that illustrate what we are all battling against re: societal / corporate pressures. Here's a few links to check out if you wish:

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BETHANN1961 8/19/2009 6:23AM

    Very interesting. My seven year old niece is already sitting down to a meal wanting to figure out the calories in a food and complaining she's too started with school and has been encouraged by the media of course. There is nothing fat about this child. It's hard to teach a child to eat for health when they are being encouraged to eat to be a twig.

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TINAKARR 8/17/2009 8:09AM

    Not only do we have to fight against these stereotypes, but I think of my 3 girls growing up and how these thing will affect their self image. It's difficult enough for us as adults to realize that what is portrayed is not reality. Thanks for the info!!

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SOCAL_MOM 8/14/2009 12:59PM

    very interesting and insightful post. thanks for sharing.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 8/14/2009 10:04AM

    Aah yes. And there are some SERIOUS documented stigmas against obesity in our society. PM me if you want me to send you a research article I found on that...

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BOTZZZ 8/14/2009 9:40AM

    I saw the Kelly Clarkson thing on the news morning and actually laughed to myself because of the Irony in the magazines title and what the article was about and what they had done with the cover photo.

Imperfectly perfect...I like it.

As Ever

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MARJIJANE 8/14/2009 1:37AM

    What is sad is that too many American people will agree with the slanted point of view.... It was the Carnival Mirror Demon who kept me from seeing how bad I looked and how big I really was... the media is our Carnival Mirror assistant... lie, lie, lie.... it's what they feed us and then we start to deny things for ourselves!...until we have gained the weight by lying about how much we really eat... 'cause if you don't eat it where someone sees it, it doesn't count"... yeah right... we have to take charge ourselves... we have to step up and acknowledge that we have the power to not buy the media that is obviously lying to us! ...out of Self Respect!

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ROYALETBONE 8/13/2009 10:47PM

    Thanks for the links!
It would be nice if they at least showed people the proportions that they really are.. I understand taking out clothing wrinkles and bad shading, but they do go over the top...
Ahh, the magic of Photoshop.

PS- the joys of editing... love the new title!

Comment edited on: 8/14/2009 2:43:29 PM

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