I just finished taking a Women’s Studies course through Portland State University on Body Image. I loved it! The overall conclusion is this: media (TV, print, radio, Internet) advertising tells us that we suck (we are too fat, too ugly, not worthy) so that we will buy the products that will “fix” the problem (SlimFast, cosmetic surgery, self-help books, etc). All of this is reinforced through media programming (anything on MTV, Desperate Housewives, etc).
So…I gave up cable. I canceled my magazine subscriptions.
Then, spring break happened.
I didn’t have any school textbooks to read.
I picked up my latest issue of SELF magazine (the subscription runs out in July). I leafed through it, skimming it really. 2 hours later, on a walk through Portland’s Nob Hill, I’m compelled to enter a store with pretty dresses. I have not purchased any clothing in MONTHS.
I’m on a “consume-less, love my body more” kick right now.
I find several dresses I MUST HAVE. I purchase one. For $50. One dress.
I paint my nails.
I buy hair clips with the intent of doing more than wearing my hair down and in a ponytail.
What’s WRONG WITH ME?
Is it SELF magazine? Is it all the pictures of extremely thin, tan white women that is driving me to begin obsessing about how I look again?
I thought I was done feeling bad about myself, but today, after my magazine indulgence, it’s back. If my women’s studies class is right, beauty magazines make women feel ugly and bad about themselves.
What do you think?
I’m desperate to know!
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