My previous post was about Dove's Real Beauty Sketches and a serious take on how corporations and the media industry control the way women think about their self-image. The parody above while being super funny (I laughed until tears came out) actually creates another criticism of the Dove ad campaign.
Admit it ladies, when it comes to the physical appearance there is a lot more pressure on women than men. In general, of course. Metrosexuals not included. Women spend more on clothes, shoes, bags and skin care products. A lot more. Why don't we need an ad that tells men they are more handsome and dashing than they think? Why are men more likely to joke about their looks?
Here's why. Because as women we are taught that our self-worth is reflected in the way we look thus we feel we have to mould ourselves into a certain image of femininity, a hyper-feminine image might I add, that is represented to us through the media. The Dove Real Beauty campaign may provide an alternative view on beauty and give us a warm fuzzy feeling of self-acceptance but it still doesn't take us away from focusing on our looks.
"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."
If we continue to rely on feeling "beautiful" based on what lies in the beholder's eyes we'll always be subject to someone else's opinion of us. People are fickle-minded. "One day you're in, the next you're out," says supermodel Heidi Klum. Harsh reality. Why have we become the kind of people who need to be told that we're beautiful in order to feel good about ourselves? Why can't we feel beautiful by being smart, talented, giving, caring and kind? After all these are the attributes that make us beautiful in God's vision.
And why does it matter if our eyes are too big or too small? Or if we don't have the flattest abs? We're not all going to compete on America's Next Top Model or Miss Universe, are we?