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part of a small rebellion | by maryann johanson

here is why unrealistic depictions of women in the media matter

From Photoshopping already beautiful women into unattainable, literally imaginary perfection to turning women’s bodies into objects, there are good reasons why just ignoring it or turning off the TV and not buying the magazine isn’t enough:

As Jean Kilbourne says here:

Turning a human being into a thing is almost always the first step toward justifying violence against that person.

We see this with racism. We see it with homophobia. We see it with terrorism.

Via Upworthy. Thanks to Althea for the link.


  • It really is creepy and disgusting. I’m not sure what else there is to be said. This is why I stick to amateur… oh… uh… forget I said that last part.

  • LaSargenta

    No! Me, too!

  • LaSargenta

    So, in the spirit of realistic women’s bodies…I’d just like to point out that Gina Carano is in another action flick and beats the crap out of people while on a zip line…In The Blood. Not that every woman can be a MMA champ, but her body is a real action heroine’s body and she’s no waif. Fortunately, I haven’t yet come across any pics of her that look photoshopped.

  • She hasn’t done any fashion or advertising modeling, I’d bet. If she had, she’d be Photoshopped.

  • LaSargenta

    Someone recently, I’m blanking on who, might have been Kei$ha, got bizarrely photoshopped in publicity photos from a music video shoot. Like, it made her anatomically impossible — did strange things to her ribcage and neck…I’m pretty sure she tweeted about it.

    So, it’s potentially out there for any female celebrity, I assume.

  • RogerBW

    The lizard brain is simple. Show it redder lips, bigger breasts, whatever, it’ll go “yowza” more. This is a root exploit into human psychology and should be treated just like other abuse of complex systems.

  • Danielm80

    It’s refreshing to see a film where–in a few shots–only one man is visible in a roomful of women. That hardly ever happens, even in documentaries.

    I watched one of the earlier movies in this series, about 20 years ago. It was excellent, but I’m sorry that the films are still necessary.

  • Did you mean to post this in another thread?

  • Danielm80

    No. See 3:24 and 4:44.

  • Dr. Rocketscience

    Journalism? Tennis? Oceanography?

  • LaSargenta


  • Tonio Kruger

    The Internet is for chess. The Internet is for chess!!

  • Dr. Rocketscience

    I think I’ve seen some of that. Hawt!

  • Jonathan Roth

    “The queens we use would not excite you”

  • LaSargenta

    Who needs a dream?
    Who needs ambition?
    Who’d be the fool in my position?

  • Bluejay

    It’s very sad to see the ancient and distinguished game that used to be a model of decorum and tranquility become like any other sport — a battleground for rival ideologies to slug it out with glee.

  • Ah. Sorry.

    But there really *needs* to be more men in that room. This is not an issue that is just about women.

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