Thursday, October 19, 2006

girl talk on the beauty distortion video

Check this article out from girl talk, it refers to the dove beauty video which I posted below. I really like what they have to say!

Let me know your thoughts?


Blogger Alison said...

I get what the article is saying, that true happiness is found in Christ, but does that mean we have to deny or reject physical beauty all together? I'm thinking of things like Song of Solomon where physicality seems to be celebrated.

By the way, the bit in the vid where they stretch her neck grosses me out!

Thu Oct 19, 09:59:00 AM  
Blogger Nixter said...

LOL I know it grossed me out to Alison!

I agree Song of Solomon certainly embraces the human form and describes both the male and female bodies in a beautiful and might I add a little bit funny (nose like Lebanon!!!)way. I wouldn't know whether to take that as a compliment or not ;)

I was thinking more down the lines of what they said here:

To think that women are striving to look like someone who doesn’t even look like herself. It’s absurd!

To desire to look like a women in a picture who doesn't even look like herself IS absurd! But in regards to 'do we reject physical beauty all together' then I don't think so providing it doesn't overtake all that we are and all that we think about. Women and I am sure some men worry and struggle with this issue of appearance and just seeing women who are computerised to look 'perfect' just doesn't help the situation!

Thu Oct 19, 10:08:00 AM  
Blogger Alison said...

Yeah, that makes sense - it's perhaps a question of who do we seek to identify with, or how do we seek to define ourselves - as children of God or of the world?

It does make me think of that bit from Prov 31 - "Charm is deceitful, beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised".

Thu Oct 19, 10:17:00 AM  
Blogger CraigS said...

Absolutely right Nixter.

But, as a guy, it is nice when a girl puts on a bit of makeup, nice earings, dresses nice etc.

The issue is not the sexualisation of the body (as such) - it is the creation of an artificial ideal that bears little resemblance to real women.

The way forward is not to deny physical beauty or human sexuality - rather it is to find and celebrate beauty in more realistic guises.

Thu Oct 19, 10:20:00 AM  
Blogger Nixter said...

"Charm is deceitful, beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised".

Beauty is also fleeting. Though our beauty might fade the Lord never will, he is eternal! Let's be women who fear him so we might be praised! Not because of our external appearance but because of who we are in the Lord!

Thu Oct 19, 10:23:00 AM  
Blogger Nixter said...

Totally agree Craig and I for one like to wear make-up, jewellery and wear nice clothes. Today I have my 'princess' clothes on as Adventure Club starts today and it is a 'Once upon a time' theme. But sometimes I like to not worry about it at all and wear my jogging bottoms and a daggy (can't believe I just used this word)top too ;)

I agree that the problem is "the creation of an artificial ideal that bears little resemblance to real women." . That is so totally the problem. Women then strive and think 'if I look like this it will make me happy or this is who I want to be' - this will not ultimately make them happy - it will actually probably make them pretty miserable!

Thu Oct 19, 10:28:00 AM  
Blogger Alison said...

I agree Nixter that "the creation of an artificial ideal that bears little resemblance to real women" is a problem. I think that it's a problem that our culture defines beauty as being young and flawless looking. I think my grandma is beautiful but you wouldn't see her face up on any billboards!

Thu Oct 19, 10:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Dani said...

The bit where they enlarge her eyes is what freaked me the most.

In thinking about all of this I've started wondering whether we have fallen into a kind of Platonic trap when it comes to beauty. Plato held the view that there was a realm of ideals which all the things of earth derived their form from. I wonder if our society has done that with beauty. That is, the idea that there is some ideal form of beauty which the beauty of human beings is derived from and aspires to. I'm wondering if where we go 'wrong' when talking about the value of beauty from a Christian point of view is subconsciously using a kind of Platonic model rather than trying to work out what beauty is in God's sight.

I dunno :0 To be honest it's all starting to do my head in! :)

Thu Oct 19, 10:48:00 AM  
Blogger Nixter said...

I would like to see her face up on a billboard, there is something beautiful about Grandmas. We seriously need to pray for our culture, we studied the first chapter of Roaring Lambs last night which talks about how as Christians we can impact our culture and community. It was really encouraging and challenging, and I love the way the books starts of by saying that we can do nothing in our own strength, that we need to pray for God's help - it really sets the precedent for the book and how we are to think.

Thu Oct 19, 10:50:00 AM  
Blogger Nixter said...

I agree Dani, I was a bit over the whole beauty thing and then this video came up and rekindled my Grrrr-ness about the whole issue.

Thu Oct 19, 10:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Dani said...

Article in SMH this morning on the ridiculous amount of airbrushing going on in women's magazines

Tue Oct 24, 07:36:00 AM  
Blogger Nixter said...

Thanks for the link Dani :)

Tue Oct 24, 01:33:00 PM  
Blogger Jonny said...

The neck stretching is just getting the girl to sit up strait. I can look in the mirror and make my neck long, or no neck at all. It's just a matter of putting your shoulders back and having correct posture. To save on having to use Photoshop, they could have had the girl sit up strait and loose 10kg. But no, McDonnalds tastes too good, computers are cheap and fit models are expensive. I'm not a fan of makeup.

I am told we have a obesity epademic now. Do you want to see fat manicans in the shop window to reflect the average "normal" figure?

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