Last week while parusing facebook I saw this. It's an ad for The Body Shop (obviously). I guess Matel sued and the ad was taken down before it was even distributed.
I wanted to love this ad. I wanted to feel like I felt with the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty.
But I didn't. I didn't feel empowered. I didn't feel like I was given tools to deal with the pressures that society puts on me and I put on myself. I almost felt like they were poking fun. Is it the over sexualized pose? the frizzy hair? the eyes? I just don't know. It could be my own prejudices coming out (we've talked before about my food and body issues) but I don't know why we have to pull our image of sexuality from a woman (of any shape or size) with pouty lips, ratted hair and a seductive stance. It just feels like that woman is trying to be what men think is sexy.
I find the women in the Dove ads about 100x more sexy than the come-hither pose of The Body Shop.
Is is just me? Do I have to take feminist off of the list of words I use to describe myself?
**Due to an overwhelming response we will not be reading American Pastoral for July. Lisa described it by saying "American Pastoral is a DARK book. There are scenes that still haunt me a decade after reading it." I'm not sure I'm up to that after March. So let's take a break and read something that isn't going to leave us losing faith in humanity. Let's step away from the Pulitzer Prize winners and read Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin which Lisa also recommends.