Truer than I would like to admit.
This is probably not the way I should be thinking about Biostats right now.
So this video started going around my facebook today, with about a dozen of my female friends sharing the link with comments like, and “Everyone needs to see this”, and “All girls should watch this,” and “This made me cry.” And I’m not trying to shame those girls! I definitely understand why they would do so. And I don’t want to be a killjoy. But as I clicked the link and started watching the video, I started to feel a slight sense of discomfort. I couldn’t put my finger on why that was, exactly, but it continued throughout the whole thing. After watching the video several more times, I have some thoughts…
I have to say, I completely agree. Every time the other person mentioned the ‘good’ in the woman they were describing (i.e. the woman was not describing herself), things like ‘thinner,’ ‘smaller,’ ‘softer,’ and ‘lighter’ were used. Even as a white woman with pale eyes and skin, I was bothered by these descriptions. Why are we not emphasizing that round and wide and dark and strong can be beautiful as well? This feels like Dove is only reinforcing very narrow standards of beauty.
PET PEEVE. Unless you’re at home or waiting for a really, REALLY important call, just…why?