Friday, April 3, 2009
3 Substance vs. Superficiality, The Faceoff Match: Whomp, Take That, Hollywood!
I'd like to reprint a comment here in this post that I recently left on the blog, MollyGood. How I even came to leave a comment on this blog is a story unto itself:
I happened to be chatting with someone on Twitter this week about DWTS & the positive athletic ideals it promotes (in spite of the show's obvious corniness & moments of phoniness :) ), & was doing a search on some of the pros, when I came upon Molly's blog post. And due to the subject matter (i.e., unhealthy perceptions regarding body image), I just couldn't resist commenting.
Before you read my comment, you'll probably want to read Molly's post, 'DWTS' Pros: These Girls Are Fat: Because Everyone Should Be Skin And Bones. Please note that title is meant to be ironic & not literal!!!!! :)
Here's what I wrote in response:
No. 53 cyberpenguin says:
These women are beautiful & curvaceous — not FAT! — & apparently lots of people agree with that assessment. Cheryl Burke was recently voted "Sexiest Dancing Pro" in TV Guide's "Sexiest Stars" Poll.
Hollywood has to step outside & take a breath of fresh air, because their warped world view is not only unacceptable, but a really unhealthy message for so many youths & adults.
The focus should be on health, instead of this sort of garbage anyhow. A person's body fat percentage really should be viewed from the perspective of what's healthy, versus just through the oh-so-narrow lens of what Hollywood finds acceptable.
Frankly, who the heck cares what Hollywood thinks is an acceptable "body image." I sure as heck don't. As my mom always likes to say, "Consider the source."
Since when do we really need Hollywood, the media, cosmetic companies, & others in general to tell us what is beautiful anyhow? We have eyes; we already have the means to interpret beauty in our own way, as we see fit. It's our job as adults to serve as a buffer, & (also to) serve as the central repository of self-esteem for our own children. If we project a strong sense of self-esteem that comes from deeper sources, one that is not dependent simply upon external factors like "the opinions of others," then it's very likely that others around us, including children, will take a strong positive message from this as well.
We have to stop empowering (the unhealthy attitudes so typically representative of) these "commercial conglomerate entities" & favoring them with attention, when in most cases, we should be voting with the power of our pocketbooks & promoting other points of view which reinforce health & healthy points of view.
I applaud you for speaking out against such nonsense. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, & it's high time people stop focusing on "the cult of celebrity" & instead turn that gaze inward, for some serious soul-searching. ;-)
Speaking of health & healthy points of view, I would like to invite people to visit my fitness/exercise blog, which encourages health & real, lasting changes for a healthier lifestyle versus temporary outlooks or attitudes & behaviors that ultimately don't end up serving us.
The URL for the blog is See Corey Run: A Fitness & Nutrition Journal.
Best wishes for health & happiness,
Corey (a.k.a., Cyberpenguin)
OK, yeah, I know what you're thinking: You couldn't resist throwing a bit of shameless self-promotion in there at the end, now could you? But what I'm really trying to promote is good health & healthy outlooks & body image, so it's not really about me, but rather about whom I want to help & what I want to accomplish. So there! :)