On Beauty

On Beauty

Operation Get A House is coming along quite smoothly. Operation Finish The School Year is not quite as smooth, but still progressing- the past two days were state mandated testing, which was just misery for me and the other teachers because we just had to sit and STARE at the students all day. We couldn’t read, couldn’t work on lesson plans- just monitored the students. Even when they were done at 12:00, I still spent the next 2 1/2 hours trying to keep them semi-quietly entertained without killing each other (and mine was one of the “slow” groups!). Ugh. It was horrible.

Anyways, enough complaining. I had a point I wanted to make. I recently came across this really sad and disturbing video on Youtube: Dove Video.

Anyways, it just reminded me of how distorted our view of beauty has become. No wonder so many people are ill with anorexia, depression, bulimia. No wonder that using cosmetics and plastic surgery are rising! We are being presented with something that isn’t even real. Whoever these people are who are creating these ads; they are manipulating us into thinking that this look is natural, when clearly it takes lots of professionals, makeup, and photoshopping to get there. And here I was thinking she looked great without the photoshop part…

The thing that I find the saddest of all, is when that was all over, I caught myself thinking, “I wish I could sign up for that sort of treatment!” But really, she was cute when she came in. I’m okay looking the way I am. But society has trained me to think that I want to have the same end result as she had!

Well done, Dove.  Great ad to make us think!

About Elisabeth

The joyous and sometimes odd adventures of a former English teacher and her trusty sidekicks, Jared the Hottie Husband and her two Italian Greyhounds, Stinky Stevie and Bonnie Boo. Recently the adorable baby, Princess Evelyn, has joined the clan to shake things up!

3 Responses

  1. I showed that Dove movie to my beehives during one of my lessons. I really like the way it illustrates the unattainable goals that such warped values give us. Congratulations on school being almost done!!!

  2. You are right. That video is quite scary…I’m sure excited about your house. You are buying one…and we just listed ours for sale again…Not sure what we’ll do if it ever sells, but definitely something smaller now…Love you!

  3. That’s so exciting about a house! And wow is state testing lame-I hated it in school, but it sounds even worse on the other side.