Archive for November, 2011

This is a real commercial…



“you made my butt fat”?

There are so many things wrong with this I don’t know where to begin.

What really stands out to me is the look on the woman’s face after she finishes eating the pie.  She looks like she’s done something really wrong, something to feel guilty about.  Then her boyfriend/husband walks in and looks at her in horror.  “You ate ALL of it!?”, he seems to be thinking.  This woman didn’t just eat a piece of pie, she did something immoral.  She enjoyed her BAD food, and it’s going to make her BUTT FAT.  I’m so horrified by this ad, I can’t believe it’s actually real.  I’m just thankful my daughter wasn’t watching television with me when it came on…


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Media Madness;)

Years and years ago, I didn’t give a hoot about how much I weighed.  I didn’t even give it a thought… I was completely unaware I was supposed to care about such things.  One day those many years ago, a boyfriend commented, “I think it’s really cool you don’t worry about your weight.”  My response?  Ummm, I didn’t have any idea I was supposed to.

Well, I was young, rebellious, artsy…I didn’t watch much TV or see many movies at the time, and I think this may be one reason I was living in ignorant bliss.  I truly didn’t realize I was supposed to care, or that anyone else cared about such things.  However, through the course of my college career, my life changed and I came out of my shell.  As I became aware of pop culture and developed a social life,  I understood why my boyfriend made that comment:  it’s acceptable and normal for women to be unsatisfied with their weight, so the fact that I didn’t was unusual.  As I emerged from my world-hating bubble, I became more educated on the culture around me.  I started watching a bit more TV and movies and noticed the women in them and how ridicously perfect they were.  At the same time, I became more aware my weight.  It wasn’t a consious thing, it was more like a tiny idea that crept in my brain and grew with time.  And before I knew it, I was worrying about my weight.   

I had always been pretty content with my looks.  I’m no supermodel, but I never thought I was bad looking either.  But I started to get insecure…was I thin enough?  I didn’t think so.  Gradually, I “got it”.  It was not okay for me to be content with my looks.  That’s arrogant.  I needed to complain about my looks and weight in order to fit in with my friends…

I can’t completely blame the media for this.  I’m certain I have characteristics that make me susceptable to all kinds of manipulation by the media…plus, there’s no way I’m going to say “I won’t watch movies or TV ever”.  I can’t commit to something like that, honestly.  But it’s something to consider, isn’t it?  It’s something to be aware of, because once you’re aware of what’s happening, you have the power to change your mind.  I like this quote from Lessons From the Fat-O-Sphere by Kate Harding and Marianne Kirby:

“Think of what you see in a typical hour of TV.  Lots of very thin women, whose livelihoods depend on them remaining very thin(meaning it might make sense for them to spend hours a day at the gym, but that doesn’t mean we all can) and who are attended to by a team of stylists and makeup artists before they ever step in front of the camera.  Even if they’re meant to look like they’re wearing no makeup, they’re wearing makeup, and even if they’re playing schlubby characters, they’re wearing clothes you probably can’t afford.  They don’t have bad hair days, because trained professionals make sure of that.  Their skin looks flawless.  Their shoes are amazing.  This is what’s presented as ‘normal’ for women on TV.”

~From Lessons From the Fat-O-Sphere by Kate Harding and Marianne Kirby(page 186)

Women in the media are portrayed a certain way on purpose, and it’s unrealistic for us to try to emulate them.  Television and movies are fantasy worlds to an extent, even if the story they’re telling is realistic.  Being aware of this can help us to overcome this deception.

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