Friday, 8 May 2020

FFS Friday - Beautiful

Hello and welcome to my weekly whinge session. 

You know what really annoys me? Advertising trying to make us feel like shit.

Yesterday I saw an advert. It was a gorgeous picture of a newborn baby, the baby's mother and grandmother. 
Guess what the ad was for? 
Skin firming! FFS.

Now I don't know who the ad was targeted at, whether it was at the Mum or Grandmother but either way, to all you people trying to make us feel bad about our bodies, fuck off. Just fuck right off. 

We all have the right to feel comfortable in our own skin. It's bloody difficult when we're constantly bombarded with photoshopped images of fake perfection.

I saw a really interesting comment on Instagram last week. Amy from You Beauty said that the reason she likes beauty and skin care is because when clothes don't fit it's your fault. It's not the clothes, it's something wrong with you, however with beauty, if you put on a red lipstick and it looks crap it's the lipsticks fault.

It's a sad state of affairs when we've been so conditioned to hate ourselves that we think it's our fault when clothing doesn't suit us. 

Chai is at the age (9) where he's becoming interested in his appearance. He's fussy with his clothes and hair. He looks at celebrities (mainly singers) and will want his hair like theirs. He's also made a few comments about his body. 

That really, really worries me. So you know what I did this week? I showed the boys before and after photos of celebrities who'd been photoshopped and explained to them that the images they see in magazines and on tv aren't real and that's not what the person actually looks like. 
(They thought it was hilarious when I showed them the Justin Bieber undies ad where they'd made his penis bigger.)

That then lead into a long discussion about how advertising is designed to make us feel bad about ourselves so that we spend money on products to make us feel better. 

Then we went onto a discussion we have regularly, that all people are different, everyone looks different, likes different things, we're all different shapes and sizes and we're all perfect just the way we are.

I dream of living in a world where there's no body shaming, where none of us feel inadequate and none of us dislike our bodies.

If no-one has told you lately, you are beautiful exactly the way you are. 

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