Monday, August 30, 2010

what is beautiful?

Several people I know have posted this on Facebook and I've been wanting to share it too.  I thought this would be a good morning.  I was out until 2:30 this morning with Pup #4 in the Emergency Department.  Guess who thought he was a cat and perched himself on the deck rail, only not to be cat-like at all and fall four feet to the lower deck?  Yeah... that would be my son. He's quietly sleeping now (while I am up for work...ugh).  He had a mild concussion but is better.  I'm letting him stay home from school.  It's only the 4th day of school and already things are not going smoothly.

Back to the video.  This is a few years old now but it quite good.  It shows what can be done with makeup and PhotoShop, etc. These are the images we are bombarded with every day and what form the basis of our standards for beauty.  In this video, the end result actually looks very little like the young woman who sat down.  After watching this, you can't help but wonder what kind of effect this altered state of reality has on our young women and men.  (And maybe those who are not quite so young anymore.)

Take a look.  What are your thoughts about the images our culture promotes as beauty?  Is this too much?  What's the tipping point?


  1. I've seen this before, but even watching it again and knowing what was coming, it's still shocking!

    I say, good on Dove for their campaign for real beauty and may the rest of the fakers cotton on to the damage they're doing to the rest of us (and our daughters) who don't have the benefit of photoshop...


  2. I have been using this in my classroom for a while now. It is a fabulous tool when teaching about the power of the media. I wish more women's magazine producers would see it!

    Thanks for posting this!

    Best wishes,

  3. I forgot about this video and plan to show it to the kids today. Sorry about your son! I would have freaked out!

  4. I, too, have seen this before. It affects me really strongly. We are too focused on external beauty when the only true beauty is internal. I don't care what a person looks like, the important thing is if they are kind, considerate, follow the golden rule, etc. But, at the same time, I am flattered if someone tells me I am pretty...hmmmm!

    I'm glad your son didn't break anything. That must have been so frightening for all of you! Reminds me a bit of my oldest son and why the upstairs balcony has become off limits!

  5. Yes seen the video on FB an important message for all young girls! Glad your son is ok, it reminded me of when our youngest leapt from a climbing frame and bit her tongue so badly she still has the scar to prove it!! The journey to A and E was horrendous, blood everywhere.

  6. Oh my goodness! So sorry about your son. It's probably so much worse for you than him!

    I love this commercial. So interesting, isn't it?!

    All the best.

  7. You know...I'm thinking that would be a good thing to show to my students...

  8. Watched this tonight with Maddie! Thank you so much, she needed to see that what she sees in magazines isn't always reality! Thanks for sharing.

  9. :) yea, how true.


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