Stop Our Bad Body Talk

March 19, 2014 — Leave a comment

bad body talk

As someone who had wished to be a blonde for the obvious and cliché reasons – when I saw this link “Twas a Rough Week For Blondes” I though ohhhh – maybe blondes don’t always have more fun.  As I started to look at these images and read the editorials I was disgusted with myself for taking the bait.   Every caption was a critique on how these women looked.  Yuck!  For some reason I thought there might be a funny story – sue me I’m a comic.  I don’t usually go down these rabbit holes but my “why couldn’t I have been blonde” demon got the better of me.   But I didn’t get any pleasure from seeing these blondes – holding the title of “Worst” as labeled by Dana Oliver.

At my age I still take pride in being idealistic but is it Idealistic to wish that women weren’t always the targets for critics as the media makes a buck.  Women have enough issues – none of us or at least very very few are happy with how we look.  Golly gee how did that happen? This is nothing new I know but I don’t think it can be highlighted enough.  I understand for a site to live you need content that gets “clicks” “the eyeballs.”  Is it supposed to be more palatable by the fact that another woman was critiquing another woman? Which for me it is just depressing.   Here are just a couple of the captions.

WORST: Gwyneth Paltrow

Ouch! Gwyneth looks like she has a really bad sunburn. The white highlighter swiped onto her brow bone and her cornstarch yellow hair only magnifies the problem.

WORST: Ashley Roberts

The former Pussycat Dolls’ singer looks like she could use some sleep and it’s all because of this unflattering reddish-brown eyeshadow that looks garish against her skin tone and hair coloring.

I know I have criticized women – “what was the top all about,” “that skirt is a finger away from showing her crotch!”  But eventually I catch myself and think  – do I want people to do this to me?  Do I feel that much better about myself because I dissed that woman I don’t even know?   “Then don’t click on this shit Judith!”  I don’t want to be a part of this public shaming.  I am aware enough to realized that my criticizing the article and writer could be seen just more of the same.  She’s a woman – shouldn’t I want her to succeed in her writing career.  Yes but not by the sacrifice of other women.   Enough money and fame has been sucked from that already.  My opinion isn’t about how she looks.  It’s the subject matter.   I keep saying to myself – this is happening all the time so I need to look past it.  But I couldn’t this time. I see how it affects my 8 nieces.  I know how it affected me.

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