Monday, January 31, 2011

Proud to NOT be a barbie!!!

I saw this ad on Rachele's blog
Apparently it was banned from being used by the Body Shop because Mattel (that's right, the Barbie people) thought it was offensive! After doing some internet research on this, I realized I'm a bit late on the uptake, but I do remember wondering what happened to this ad...

...and hearing that it was banned from billboard advertising because it was offensive. How is that possible?! How can something like this ad be ok to advertise and flaunt in young girl's faces, but a depiction of a real woman is "offensive?!" I happen to find it offensive to show sickly thin (and yet still photoshopped!!) women who have fake body parts in advertisements. When will our society finally realize that stick thin, silicone, and Botox do not equal beauty?!
Beauty is comfort in your own skin, its kindness and generosity, its glowing because you are happy, and emanating that to others! Just imagine what the world would be like if we all modeled that to young girls....

4 comments:

kymberley said...

That is not offensive...I find super skinny anoxeria models offensive.
And it is true beauty is comfort in your own skin...not what society tells you how you should look.

Benny and Lily said...

BOL...oh dear..
Benny & Lily

Mel's Way or No Way said...

Hey, when did they sneak in and take pics of my booty?!

No really, I don't find that offensive at all. It's a sad statement about our society when this is considered offensive but we find it okay to photoshop skeletal women and sexualize young girls. Sad and so wrong!

sugarmouse said...

personally i feel like the visual (of the doll) is exaggerated. real women don't even look like that. sure we all have a bit more extra flesh but those dolls are overweight and that is not the general body type (or weight class) of a normal, average, healthy female (age regardless). so maybe mattel had a point.

however, i do agree that healthier body image needs to be projected, pronounced and promoted. skinny models do nothing for fragile self-esteems of youths.