Monday, June 18, 2007

In case you're wondering...

why women are insecure about their size.

I found this at Shakesville, definitely a blog to get you thinking. This is an advertisement that's selling low fat yogurt on the premise that men won't find this woman attractive. The slogan is: Forget about it. Men's preferences will never change.

I mean, really, what man could desire a woman like that. How dare she think or act like she's beautiful?

Taking the sarcasm font off, what woman wouldn't want to look like that? What kind of man could look at her and see anything other than gorgeous and sexy as all get out? I mean, damn! After following the links from blog to blog, I found out that the image isn't a copy of an image from the film American Beauty, it's a manipulated image which plumped up Mina Suvari. Chasing the links back to, I also found manipulated images of Sharon Stone and Marilyn Monroe. The pictures just reaffirm what it took me a long time to find out. Sexy has less to do with looks than it does with thoughts, nature and attitude. The sexiest people I've ever known weren't necessarily the most classically beautiful. Sexy is an entirely different animal than culturally esthetic, and if I know anything, it really doesn't hinge on weight at all.

Somebody screwed up an ad campaign.

Also posted at Taking Off.



Blogger Lisa :-] said...

Sharon Stone is a stick...but Marilyn Monroe was no skinny minnie. I believe she was at least a size fourteen. Which is not fat, but is not the anorexic, silicone-altered ideal of the early 21st century. Marilyn was voluptuous...can you imagine applying that adjective to, say, Jennifer Anniston?

June 19, 2007 12:21 AM  
Blogger 6000 said...

ooooh - she beeg!

June 19, 2007 7:57 AM  
Blogger Church Secretary said...

Well said, Cynthia. For perspective's sake, all I can add is that I recall seeing the original scene and thinking how screwed up the fantasizing character was for placing a barely pubescent child in such a sexualized context.

That said, the photoshopping makes the twenty-year-old Mena Suvari look like a woman. Hubba frickin' hubba.

Anyway, the slogan should be revised:

Forget about it. Insecure, over-the-hill, wealthy, male media executives' preferences will never change.

On a tangential note regarding male media industry insecurity: is there some unwritten rule in Hollywood that forbids twenty-something actresses from working unless they can convincingly play high-school girls?

June 19, 2007 10:20 AM  
Blogger more cows than people said...

grr... i'm with you, totally, cynthia, on this. grr! argh! yuck! how does one effectively sustain a growl in text?

June 19, 2007 3:08 PM  

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