First, I want to remind you that today is the last day to enter my necklace giveaway. To enter, leave a comment on the giveaway post.
I would like to share with you these two videos, Killing Us Softly 4, Advertising's Image of Women by Jean Killborne. Ms Killborne presents a powerful message about how advertising portrays distorted, unrealistic ideals of women. It is no wonder that so many of us feel that we aren't worthy of being seen.
I recently read on The Sartoralist that he often asks women of all sizes to allow him to take their pictures. Women who are larger than the ideal often say no. Perhaps because they feel that they will be made fun of or the images used in a derogatory way. I know I have felt that I don't compare well to women who are close to my age, but thinner and more photogenic. I know I shouldn't feel that way, but I do. I recently read a remark on one blog about the very lovely woman who thinks she is not photogenic. She is lovely and should not be afraid to show her lovely self to all of us. That is precisely why I show photos of myself. I know I am not conventionally beautiful, (and I am NOT fishing for compliments) I am overweight and struggling daily with my body image. I know what I am and I am one of many millions of very normal women who rarely see others like us portrayed positively in the media.
I know these video's will take a while to view, but I really believe they are worth watching.
Everyday we are bombarded by images of perfect people who don't really even exist. As shown in these videos, many are photo shopped and no longer resemble the real person. We need to start demanding that the advertising that we see is truthful. How many times have we seen ads that we know cannot be real? I seriously doubt that many of the mascara advertisements show real results. For that matter, most of the ads for age related products probably feature women far younger than their target audience.
I am hoping that by continuing blogging and showing real women in real life we can change how we are viewed as consumers but more importantly as women of worth no matter our age, size, or color.