A-Z Blogger Challenge: T

Tan Lines and Tiger Stripes

I like every girl am hyper critical about the way I look. It is part and parcel of female life and sadly these thoughts and feelings get ingrained you.

 

This campaign from Dove shows just how damaging women are to themselves on a daily basis:

http://mashable.com/2013/04/15/dove-ad-beauty-sketches/

 

This parody campaign from the male perspective is also worth a watch:

http://mashable.com/2013/04/18/dove-experiment-parody/

 

I guess that’s part of the comedy of the situation that men and women are so vastly different in what they think and feel about themselves.

I know a lot of stunningly gorgeous women who don’t appreciate their worth simply because they do not fit the ‘typical’ notion of beauty. Bollix to it. Everyone is beautiful, amazing and wonderful in their own sweet way. Lets celebrate the little kooky, crazy, weird imperfections that make us all badass.

I think it’s really important too to talk to young kids so that they can recognise how important and special they are. If they are bombarded with images from TV and magazines telling them they are not thin enough, tall enough, blonde enough or whatever then they will never feel comfortable in their own skin. The relentless parade of magazines with “Shock! Horror! Celebs Without Makeup” stories ought only be used to pack dishes for storage. It should never be used to impact the lives of little ones.

 

Beauty Is

China, aged four
her grandmother explaining the ritual of breaking toes,
massaged with herbs and wrapped in silk.
The gold lotus foot, perfect, three inches
and perfecting that lotus gait, impressing the emperor
but underneath her flesh rotting, toes dropping
each step a dedication,
Dead now from infection and perverse tradition

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
Behold her, in the ground now and the
Ants are eating her.

Somalian girl, 7 years old
held down on a table
while an untrained woman holding a razor
performs the Gudniin, a religious tradition,
making her pure, preserving her chastity
‘til on her wedding night she’ll be opened by husband.
Dead now from massive blood loss
and shock to her system

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
Behold her, in the ground now and the
Ants are eating her.

Brazilian beauty queen, seventeen
from catwalk to coffin in a matter of years
travelling the world, earning a wage
supporting a family.
Size zero, a workplace obsession
counting up calories, counting down dress sizes,
coveting cover shots and international fame
Dead now from internal organ failure

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
Behold her, in the ground now and the
Ants are eating her.

© Aisling Doherty