Sunday, January 29, 2012
The Photoshop Effect
I felt it was somewhat important to post this here. Its a brief talk about the role of advertising and its effect on women. Not only to the point of giving us a complete unattainable ideal, but objectifying women's bodies in a way that can create a culture of violence against women. Not directly, but in the same way any violence against peoples has happened throughout history. First you dehumanize, then its OK to commit such violence.
I think, among other things, this is one of the reasons so many of us sew. We can look at clothing as things that cover our body, not things that we have to fit into.
I admit that I use photoshop to crop, play with light settings, and remove the occasional zit, but not much beyond that. Ladies such as Mrs. Bug have helped me feel braver about how I look and comfortable in my own skin. If I can help pass that on to someone else then maybe the world will be a better place for it. The most important thing is to be healthy.
**UPDATED** This entire lecture is on youtube in two parts. I want to point out that I cancelled our broadcast television BECAUSE of advertising and not because of the programming.
What about you dear readers? Do you still struggle with these body image? Or has sewing helped you feel more comfortable in your own skin?