Going (Gone?) Viral

5 Oct
When I saw this awesome response to a rhetorical question on Facebook, I instantly commented “Love” and posted it to my own page.  The “likes” have been overwhelming, and many friends have also shared on their walls.
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A while back, at the entrance of a gym, there was a picture of a very thin and beautiful woman. The caption was “This summer, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?”The story goes, a woman (of clothing size unknown) answered the following way:”Dear people, whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, seals, curious humans), they are sexually active and raise their children with great tenderness.
They entertain like crazy with dolphins and eat lots of prawns. They swim all day and travel to fantastic places like Patagonia, the Barents Sea or the coral reefs of Polynesia.
They sing incredibly well and sometimes even are on cds. They are impressive and dearly loved animals, which everyone defend and admires.

Mermaids do not exist.But if they existed, they would line up to see a psychologist because of a problem of split personality: woman or fish?
They would have no sex life and could not bear children.
Yes, they would be lovely, but lonely and sad.
And, who wants a girl that smells like fish by his side?Without a doubt, I’d rather be a whale.

At a time when the media tells us that only thin is beautiful, I prefer to eat ice cream with my kids, to have dinner with my husband, to eat and drink and have fun with my friends.

We women, we gain weight because we accumulate so much wisdom and knowledge that there isn’t enough space in our heads, and it spreads all over our bodies.
We are not fat, we are greatly cultivated.
Every time I see my curves in the mirror, I tell myself: “How amazing am I ?! ”

(The girl on the picture is French model Tara Lynn)

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I find it a positive message telling women that it’s OK to have high self esteem.  Here’s one iffy comment that was posted:
“I have mixed feelings about this. It’s important that we love the bodies God gave us and feel comfortable in our own skin but this poster was for motivational purposes. I’m a really big advequete for healthy eating and excercise because unhealthy lifestyles are creating so many problems in this country. I am all for promoting woman loving themselves but we can’t ignore our health.  I feel like pieces like this, while they make you feel good, are detrimental because they are saying its acceptable to let yourself go.”
OK, she has a point.  BUT I do not think one female positive poster is the cause of obesity in America.  As Marion Nestle’ of “Food Politics” talks about nearly every day, marketing and money is at the root of much of the country’s weight problem.  Big soda corporations have a foot hold in schools, alcohol is tied to sports, and fast food is everywhere!  Women with good self esteem are few and far between.  Is a weight-positive message the culpret?  I think not.  Here’s what I said to above commentor:
“The messages to women are hardly balanced. This one poster saying it’s alright to be yourself and not starve to be thin isn’t contributing to obesity as much as fast food culture/soda/etc. . . Females are inundated with information that our value lies solely in our beautiful (thin) appearances. Yes, health is important (and lacking in the U.S.)–but so is the idea that it’s OK for women to have high self esteem.”
I was more impressed by the writing than a chubby real female featured on the poster.  But look at the images I am inundated with on a daily basis–why wouldn’t my perception of beauty be skewed toward (unhealthy) thinness?  Picture that goes with the caption by: Delphine Fieberg
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