What started me thinking about this topic was the insane amount of media attention (social and traditional alike) that Ms. Samantha Brick has received and the conversations I had with my friends about this following the shitstorm.
If I get told one more time I’m beautiful just the way I am I’m going to lose it. Because as much as the Dove Foundation and every mother in the world wants us to believe it, it’s simply not true for all of us. Let’s just say it – there are some really ugly women out there. Am I being mean? I don’t think so. I think if all of you can honestly sit there and say you’ve never elbowed your friend in a food court so hard they spit out their CinnZeo just to point out the freakshow wearing the Tazmanian Devil t-shirt, fried blonde mullet and multiple chins (complete with zits in every stage) standing in line at Arby’s (of course) then you’re a dirty liar. Unless of course you’re taking me very literally, in which case you’re probably not a liar, but you’re also missing my point completely and kind of just being a jerk, because you know what I mean.
So now that you all think I’m a shallow asshole, hear me out. Yes, I can openly admit that there are uggos out there. I can also openly admit that there are women so beautiful it simply can’t be denied. They are perfect. I have no response.
Then, there’s the rest of us who fall somewhere in between that spectrum. And that’s okay! I am well aware of the fact that I’m not gracing any magazine covers. At the same time, I’m just as aware of the fact that I still get checked out by those men who haven’t yet seemed to learn that I can see them staring directly at my breasts. So my question is – why are we all so obsessed with categorizing women as either “beautiful” or “not?” There’s about a million points on the scale in between that that are being left out, and are thus making us all feel like shit when we don’t measure up to Kim Kardashian’s ridiculously perfect proportions.
Maybe I’m simplifying it, but seriously, I think we’d all be better off if we thought more like this guy: