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    Wednesday, November 3, 2010

    Beauty and the "ideal" . . . give me a break!



    It is all around us . . . I recently wrote about it . . . how society views those whose image is not seen as "ideal". The media's focus on beauty and image continues to sicken me. Who made them the societal judge and jury anyway?


    It continues to bug me that we have the "food police" who are appalled at the food choices offered through various venues, especially the fast food restaurants. In their opinion, they should make the choices for us . . . who they deem as a stupid, ignorant society who don't have the good sense to make the right food choices. 


    It is a personal choice!  What about free enterprise and allowing those restaurants to serve food that their customers want to eat?  We are moving more and more toward a socialist society where those who deem themselves the "smart people" make the choices since they know better. 


    Of course they are entitled to their opinion . . . but we all have one, don't we?  If you don't like the food choices at a particular eating establishment . . . don't eat there!!  Find another restaurant that suits your needs . . .


    Although it is already old news, writer Maura Kelly of Marie Claire magazine took tons of heat from the Internet community and beyond for writing a "fat-bashing" article based on "fat characters" on a television show.


    She wrote:
    "So anyway, yes, I think I'd be grossed out if I had to watch two characters with rolls and rolls of fat kissing each other ... because I'd be grossed out if I had to watch them doing anything.
    To be brutally honest, even in real life, I find it aesthetically displeasing to watch a very, very fat person simply walk across a room -- just like I'd find it distressing if I saw a very drunk person stumbling across a bar or a heroine addict slumping in a chair."
    Excuse me Maura . . . you'd better hide yourself away from the world since most of our society is not perfect and you are gonna spend your life disgusted and grossed out.  Sorry that imperfect people displease you Miss Perky Perfect.  What a sad person you are . . .


    She issued an apology after the backlash from mainstream America. No doubt it had something to do with the magazine not wanting all the negativity and bad press. It is pure arrogance . . . all about money. They have forgotten that society in general are not what they would consider "ideal" . . . we are the "real people," most of us have flaws, unlike "the beautiful people."


    One of my favorite websites, BlogHer, wrote several articles on this subject. In particular, there was a line in one of the articles that I love . . . 
    "The back story is really relevant, because while we all know that all manner of bigoted and hurtful thinking is common everywhere, it's troubling when it appears in mainstream publications."
    It is our responsibility to ignore these arrogant publications and seek alternate sources for reading material on various topics deeming them irrelevant. The bashing has got to stop! Society needs to send them the message that we are mad as hell and not gonna read their publications anymore.


    This arrogant behavior is bringing up a new crop of "less than perfect" young women growing up thinking that unhealthy eating disorders are the lesser of the evils. They can hide their disorder and emotional issues associated with their obsession with the "ideal", but their outer beauty will ultimately shine . . . that is what is important. How sad . . .


    It all started with the marketing of "Twiggy" . . . the supermodel of the 60's . . .


    In my opinion, the message should be . . . strive to be the best person you can be, inside and out . . . educate yourself on how to make healthy improvements and how to make enhancements to be the most attractive you can be . . . embrace your uniqueness and love yourself for who you are . . . be true to yourself!

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