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A race to be the thinnest?

does she llok like she needs to diet?

I had to stop and take this shot yesterday while walking in the city of Strasbourg. It was an advertisement in the window of a pharmacy. Sweet Bear just happened to step in as I pressed the button to take the picture. She turned a simple picture of something I was not happy about into a strong statement. Take a look at the ad on the left with the naked girl. If you can read French you already know what I am talking about. For those of you that don’t allow me to translate.

3… 2… 1… Mincissez! (French)
3… 2… 1… Get thinner or get slimmer! (English)

Does this chick look like she needs to be in a race to be thinner or slimmer?!? No wonder we have all these self image issues in society.

Sweet Bear was really looking at the Spring decorations of eggs and little yellow chicks that were in the window. However, one day she will be more interested in how her body compares to others and that is when these kinds of advertisements will catch her attention. What then?

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  • carra April 30, 2006, 11:22 am

    I think it’s an everyday tragedy in our society with those get slimmer adverts. Once I was really badly humilated in a shop because my clothing size is 40/42. I chose a nice shirt for myself tried it on and decided to buy it, when I came to pay for it, the girl behind the till asked me (in French): does this shirt really fit you? She was probably a size 0 or God knows what, I wanted to stick that shirt up somewhere in her body but I simply said: Yes it does fit me, paid for it and walked out. I never returned to that shop. They lost a customer.
    I remember reading an article two or so years ago in France where they mentioned that statistics of Anorexia in France are really bad and that most teenagers have one or another form of eating disorder. But then when you open any of the beauty magazines in France (that can apply to any country really) you realize why! There are more adverts how to loose weight rather than how to look beautiful in your own body! What’s wrong with this world, do we really want to look like jews that just came out from a concentration camp?!

  • Pumpkin April 30, 2006, 11:35 am

    I do think that it will get better over time as women’s voices are heard more and as women themselves become more secure in their own skin. After all…on an average women spend much more money than men on products. Women have a lot of leveraging power :)

  • carra April 30, 2006, 11:38 am

    If any women are going to organize strike against all those BE SKINNY adverts I am in!

  • Pumpkin April 30, 2006, 11:54 am

    Maybe we should start a blog and have women all over the world send in pics which we post on the blog with a link to the website of the company or email of the company. That would be great. However, I don’t know if it would work and I know I don’t have the time to organize it.

    I did find this website http://feministing.com/
    look here http://feministing.com/body_image/

  • carra April 30, 2006, 1:40 pm

    The idea is brilliant, and I would like to be part of it, but a group of at least 20 women would be needed so that each of us could give a little of our time to do it, rather than one person working on it! Did you see this?
    http://plasticassets.com/
    if you play along with it you will be surprised, I thought it was good way of teaching women.

  • Pumpkin April 30, 2006, 1:57 pm

    I’m glad you pointed it out. I think most people that are not happy with their body image before plastic surgery will not be after plastic surgery. They will never be perfect no matter how many surgeries they have.

    I admire George Clooney because he refuses to get plastic surgery instead he makes a point to age gracefully and naturally :)

  • cj April 30, 2006, 6:45 pm

    Great editorial Pumpkin. Its a sad statement that so many advertisments are about weightloss and not being healthy. I hope that someday they focus on health instead of the heroine chic.

  • Pumpkin April 30, 2006, 7:59 pm

    I know…the new thing is to be fashionably thin. Even actresses are falling suit and getting way to thin. Marilyn Monroe was a size 12 (US) and 42 (Fr). However, she is considered one of the worlds sexiest woman of all time even today. Hmmmm.

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