Headlines Remixed! I think these are AMAZING, lol.
Headlines like the unedited versions below are so mainstream and “normal”, that we rarely stop to consider how perverse, bizarre, harmful and discouraging they can be. On the surface, they may appear to be “harmless” stories about celebs (if you can call being followed, photographed and stalked by paparazzi harmless. I wouldn’t handle it well at ALL). Or maybe you see these stories as reminders that even the stars are still human. But if you dig deeper and look at the underlying message, it’s one that reinforces the notion that it’s not only to be expected, but APPROPRIATE, to judge, criticize, debate or berate women’s bodies and choices. It serves as a subtle-not-subtle reminder that we should expect to be treated as though we’re always on display, a reminder that there are good and bad ways to have/decorate our bodies, a reminder that your ability or inability (or willingness/unwillingness) to adhere to media beauty norms supersedes your talents, skills and accomplishments and a reminder that we should make our life choices from those perspectives. It makes it seem perfectly normal, appropriate and entertaining to judge, criticize, and make assumptions about any woman who dares to be seen in the world.
Sometimes we are able to enjoy this kinda crap, seeing it as nothing more than gossip mag entertainment and without letting it affect us much. But in my experience, very few people can be exposed to those kind of messages daily without internalizing some of the values and potentially detrimental messaging. If you’ve ever wondered why you feel extra anxious about how you look, are preoccupied with others noticing “flaws” or worry too much about what others will think, consider that what you’re consuming might not be serving your very best self. ;)
The only diet I recommend is a media diet, lol. Mags, shows, pages, blogs, sites, galleries, tweets etc. Sometimes we need to remove ourselves from toxic environments to gain perspective and explore different resources that are more in line with who we want to be. Being able to think critically about the messages you are exposed to means you can still enjoy it… but you know what’s up. (though you may find your tastes have changed).
In the meantime, these are pretty good. :)
See the rest here: http://imgur.com/a/r12nF