The messages being sent to our children: Girls – You need to be pretty and skinny and boys – the world is your oyster; anything you want is possible.
We have literally gone backwards in our women’s movement – and NO ~ this is not an “Anti-men” campaign but when 96% of decision making positions are held by men in all major influential industries then why are we surprised when it’s men’s perspective and stories that we get sold every day. It’s time for us all to demand better.
Remember when Jamie Lee Curtis bared it all for More Magazine in 2002? She allowed the cameras to show her TRUE self without all the air brushing perfection illusion it created. This week there was a related blog in Huffington Post titled: Challenge: The Authenticity Risk where digital retouching artist Roy Cui is quoted bravely as saying
“I’m a part of the media machine that has suckered you into thinking that you need to look like this flawless person who does not exist anywhere in the world. You then feel unhappy with how you really look, so you buy the products that the person of perfection is using in the image that I retouched.”
Boy have we ever bought into that! But Seventeen Magazine made a bold move this week creating a “Body Peace Treaty” after a young 8th grade reader/activist garnered 85,000 signatures demanding more untouched photos of REAL girls!
Here’s our opportunity to exercise our voice by holding Seventeen Magazine accountable and supporting that decision with our purchases and social mentions!
Finally hear Jen Newsom share her emotional journey as she had her epiphanies that led to her social movement Miss Representation at TEDx Women and let me know what you think! I’d LOVE to hear your feedback on this one!