In 1994, I wrote a term paper at Harvard Extension School based on this very powerful quote. Naomi Wolf’s book, “The Beauty Myth” from which this quote is taken and upon which this book is based, is unfortunately, just as relevent today as it was then.
I saw the first, Killing Me Softly; Images of Women in Advertising, when it came out in the 70s. I was convinced that this brilliant betrayal of the destructive images of women would bring on a revolution that would give our daughters a chance to love their bodies and themselves without having to waste their lives attempting to measure up to the impossible ideal. Regretably, images of women in advertising have gotten worse. And contrary to the title, these images are not soft; they scream and shriek to be heard with too many people absorbing the negative messages. Please watch this 5 minute trailer of Jean Kilbourne’s latest and great version of Killing Me Softly. Maybe this time we’ll create that revolution and spare our daughters a life-time of attempting to be something they cannot and should not possibly achieve.
This story is not about weight loss. It’s a story about the power of persistent and determined self-love.
Photoshopping: Altering Images and Our Minds!
Lindsay Kite and Lexie Kite, twin sisters have a passion for helping girls and women recognize and reject harmful messages about their bodies and what “beauty” means and looks like. In Beauty Redefined, their website and blog, they write:
“Photoshopping, digital alteration, image manipulation, blah blah blah. Everyone talks about the fact that so many images of women are “perfected” with the help of technology, but do we really understand how serious this issue is? Like exactly HOW MUCH these photos are manipulated and changed to fit some seriously un-human and unrealistic ideals that we view over and over again? And do we understand that it isn’t just fashion magazine covers that feature photoshopped images? It’s everywhere.
While the vast majority of images of women are being digitally altered, so are our perceptions of normal, healthy, beautiful and attainable.” Read more…
Glamour Magazine recently published a photo of and an article about plus size 12-14 model, Lizzie Miller. Almost immediately, over 700 emails poured in from women expressing appreciation for seeing someone who looks like them. This photo is not going to spark a revolution but women’s body image in the media took one step toward normal — and beautiful.