August 24th, 2005

"Real women" have curves (NOT THE MOVIE)

I guess this is kind of a rant about body image, but it touches on eating disorders. Let me know what's on your mind.

I am sick of the way the media tells us that having curves equates to being beautiful or real. What, so skinny women aren't real? I guess it's better than being told that we're too "fat" or we're ugly because we break out and have stretchmarks, but the fact is that beauty standards are not being abolished by "celebrating curves".

I understand that certain companies are trying to have a more realistic approach to body types - which is fine - but it seems like the message is: curvy women are real, and skinny women aren't real.

Perhaps "realistic" women have curves, but "real" women? Here's something more realistic: all of our bodies, brains, families, and experiences are different. Isn't that "beautiful" because it is diverse? Eradicating "thinness" isn't really helping anything, infact, it must be pretty damn isolating, as well. Perhaps "reverse anorexia", or bigorexia?

It seems to me that this whole "real women" campaign by Dove portrays women with curves as "real", yet reality is imperfect (because thin models with 0% body fat are marketed as perfect, correct?), which translates into: anything real about our bodies is flawed. The best part of the campaign is that it's for Dove's cellulite firming cream. The other best part is all the females in the advertisement are in poses that make them look "skinnier".

What do you think? Am I overreacting, misunderstanding, forgetting something?

Erin Pea

Stevia - The miracle sweetener? The next big thing?

I couldn't find anything on Stevia on this community, and I thought some of you might be interested in it. Please add this to the "Nutrients" part of the memories.

Stevia is a natural & herbal sweetener (not artificial like aspartame, saccharine, etc) which is extracted and powdered from the leaves of a South American plant. It has no calories, carbohydrates, and is not refined. Sound too good to be true? Read on.

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