This article originally appeared on Reductress.com. On the heels of Jezebel's "body-positive" campaign to obtain original, un-retouched images from...
Ken and I have had a rough relationship for many years. He does not have a penis, which he takes out on me. I have been strong, but I am tired of being with someone who is not happy with himself.
Without our insecurities, beauty product companies would become less aggressive in their marketing practices. Our own desire for superficial self-improvement is what keeps these practices alive and thriving; we are essentially selling out our self-worth.
This isn't about shaming naturally thin women, it's about (1) calling out an industry that requires women to be unhealthy and then hides the harmful consequences and (2) acknowledging that even people who are a part of that industry don't necessarily have the power to change it.
Robyn Lawley, who is a size 10, calls herself a "plus size" model. So you did not insult her in any way. You basically said she was a "plus size" model because everyone else does as well.
"Sorry, as a magazine editor, I know what it's like to flip through dozens of shots to find the right one. And, do you know what gets my e-mail gong? "That shot, her lipstick is smudged. Her shirt is wrinkled."
When we retouch, we say to our clients, "You're better this way." "You're better with a flatter tummy." "You're better with skinnier arms." "You're better with a rounder bum." "You're better without that scar." Who do we think we are?
Do your kids spend more time Photoshopping your pet than actually petting it? Do you have to remind them to maintain eye contact when visiting grandparents? Are they lost in their phones as we "speak"?
When an Ad tells a compelling story and touches the hearts of people, they go out of the way to share that story with others. Ads normally get ignored...
Some may call it false advertising. I call it rebranding. It's modern-day survival of the fittest: Social Darwinism with a makeup bag.
The good news? Guys have begun to see advantages to enhancing their appearance, a focus once considered outside their domain. The not-so-good news? Men may soon head down a perilous path that women have been traveling for decades.
I saw my belly. Still squishy from carrying my baby for 41 weeks and battered from a 24-hour labor and delivery. And I thought about how beautiful and strong I feel. Not ashamed or self-conscious. Not afraid to share the pictures with the world.
I've been a massage therapist for many years now. I know what people look like. People have been undressing for me for a long time. I know what you look like: a glance at you, and I can picture pretty well what you'd look like on my table.
I just downloaded the trial for Adobe Premiere Pro 7.0, which is available only as part of their Creative Cloud system. As explained by Wired, Creative Cloud isn't really a cloud; it's a fancy way of repackaging subscription-based software.
Facetune is Photoshop for your iPhone without the headache of Photoshop.
Western standards of beauty are not universal standards of beauty. Beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder, and each one of us has a different standard of what is beautiful.