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Remarkable Video about Body Image (2014- Blog #42)


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

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This video was posted yesterday on Spark. What a remarkable project! As I watched it I was reminded about how much "society" defines beauty. We cannot escape those images that bombard us every single day from every angle possible. From what is "beauty" in our homes, to what is "beauty" in our diets, to what is "beauty" in our physical selves.

I often chuckle and winch at times when I look back of photos taken in the 60's, 70's, 80's... because "beauty" then is not "beauty" now in so many ways. And oh so subtly those definitions have changed. We can see it in hindsight. We can see the ridiculous hairstyles, the funny looking pants, the in style sweaters. Today... we expend too much energy fitting into a very temporary standards of "beauty."

The video goes much much deeper than the surface-level definitions of beauty. It challenges us to re-look at what is "normal" body shape. It challenges us to think again about what should be in the shop windows as examples of the perfect body.

All the power to these people. I think a shop window with the real variety of able and disabled bodies is much needed and belongs in this century. All bodies should have equal status and honor.

Have a pleasant day, folks.

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EDDYMEESE 2/12/2014 5:22PM

    It bears to mind the Dove Beauty Campaign commercial. All of these people are pretty "normal" looking and even quite attractive, and even they can't appreciate their own beauty. It is such a shame that it has become so ingrained in us. I love to look at the old paintings of those beautiful, large, soft women. What happened between then and now that the idea of beauty has changed so dramatically?

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KALIGIRL 2/12/2014 8:09AM

    Here's to celebrating all our shapes, sizes and levels of ability!
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NANCY- 2/12/2014 8:02AM

    Excellent video. Thanks for sharing this.
The true beauty was the smile.


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ONEKIDSMOM 2/12/2014 6:51AM

    Love the video and the concept of the project. What the stores are selling is product: clothing. When they push an idealized version of what it looks like on unrealistic models it might entice us to buy thinking "I'll look like that if I buy this item". But in the end, for ordinary folk, it kind of backfires... because if the body doesn't match the mannequin, it won't look the same.

This particular project highlights the difference, and if looked at through the prism of love for ourselves and others, shows that beauty is NOT dependent on body size or shape... seeing the smiles on the folks who modeled for the mannequins? Priceless. It says, "I, too, have value."

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NEWROSE27 2/12/2014 6:24AM

    The images of normality that are presented to us daily and that we accept are mere constructs not depicting the variety that is really the human body. This video challenges us to extend our ideas of 'normal'. Thanks for the link.

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THINFITFEMINIST 2/12/2014 6:01AM

    Next time you want a link to appear in your blog, use the Add A Link above the posting area and it will appear as a hyper link.

I've seen this and it was very enlightening.

You are right about needing a more realistic representation of REAL people in store fronts. But they are selling "perfection" and dreams, not reality.

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NEW-CAZ 2/12/2014 3:06AM

    amazing video, I've seen it before, thought provoking!

I am in love with your mountain!

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TIMOTHY53 2/12/2014 1:35AM

    I saw that video on Facebook. It was quite interesting.

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CHIBIKARATE 2/12/2014 12:56AM

    I like this but it is too late for me it has been drilled in my head everyday since I was 6 and I dislike seeing what I see in the world hugz

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