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.

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KingNewbs
Thu, Mar 27, 2014 6:29pm

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
LaSargenta
reply to  KingNewbs
Thu, Mar 27, 2014 8:15pm

No! Me, too!

Dr. Rocketscience
Dr. Rocketscience
reply to  KingNewbs
Fri, Mar 28, 2014 2:28pm

Journalism? Tennis? Oceanography?

LaSargenta
LaSargenta
reply to  Dr. Rocketscience
Fri, Mar 28, 2014 3:19pm

Chess!!

Tonio Kruger
reply to  LaSargenta
Fri, Mar 28, 2014 3:57pm

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

Jonathan Roth
Jonathan Roth
reply to  Tonio Kruger
Fri, Mar 28, 2014 6:51pm

“The queens we use would not excite you”

LaSargenta
LaSargenta
reply to  Jonathan Roth
Fri, Mar 28, 2014 7:03pm

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

Bluejay
Bluejay
reply to  LaSargenta
Fri, Mar 28, 2014 9:47pm

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.

Dr. Rocketscience
Dr. Rocketscience
reply to  LaSargenta
Fri, Mar 28, 2014 5:21pm

I think I’ve seen some of that. Hawt!

LaSargenta
LaSargenta
Thu, Mar 27, 2014 8:28pm

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.

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  LaSargenta
Thu, Mar 27, 2014 9:39pm

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

LaSargenta
LaSargenta
reply to  MaryAnn Johanson
Thu, Mar 27, 2014 9:53pm

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
RogerBW
Thu, Mar 27, 2014 10:04pm

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
Danielm80
Fri, Mar 28, 2014 12:11am

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.

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  Danielm80
Fri, Mar 28, 2014 7:59am

Did you mean to post this in another thread?

Danielm80
Danielm80
reply to  MaryAnn Johanson
Fri, Mar 28, 2014 11:19am

No. See 3:24 and 4:44.

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  Danielm80
Sat, Mar 29, 2014 11:58am

Ah. Sorry.

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