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Old 14th March 2011   #2
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Default Re: Students denouncing anorexic media standards

Continuing this theme, here's a brand-new article from a college newspaper in Wales that makes some very compelling points.

Among them:

I always saw glossy magazines as a bit of harmless fun. But lately, the more I read, the more wary I become.

The main focus in a fashion magazine? Self-image. We are constantly being told how to improve, how to look our best and how to achieve the elusive state of self confidence. Something I was reading today on entitled “Feel Sexier Naked” claimed that body insecurities stemmed from friends, parents, and improbable expectations of beauty, stemming from media pressure. The item was surrounded by pictures of women – not just women, but models:...thin and airbrushed to "perfection". Doesn’t this seem hypocritical?

Bingo. This is the problem with body-confidence stories in mainstream magazines. They deliver pernicious mixed messages by coupling self-esteem slogans with images of artificial-looking, half-starved bodies. It's a sly way of repackaging a diet ad, basically. Good to see this student seeing through the deception.

But bad as that mixed message is, the following frequently-seen phenomenon in fashion magazines is even worse:

Particularly worrying is the “Best and Worst Bikini Bodies” section, often featured in a summer edition of a magazine. Here, the thinnest, most toned and tanned bodies [ugh!] are idolised and those who show some small natural "imperfections", such as cellulite...are treated to schoolyard-style name calling, the offending areas circled in neon colours and labelled as “gross!”

This is sickeningly offensive. "Toned and tanned" bodies look like leather stretched over plastic -- the very opposite of attractive; it's repellent. On the other hand, dimpled flesh is soft and natural and beautiful. No wonder these magazines have to brainwash people with weaselly anti-plus commentary; they know that if the readers were to judge the photos for themselves, they'd find the fuller, plumper bodies more beautiful, and the over-exercised gaunt frames to be ugly.

Like the previous student writers, this reporter identifies the money-grubbing motive behind all this:

Fashion magazines run on insecurity. Huge amounts of money come from their sponsors, whose adverts take up large proportions of the magazine...This lack of ethics and values leaves me feeling confused.

No confusion. We once had a society based on ethics and values. We had such a culture for thousands of years, since the time of the Greeks. But a century of cultural Marxism coupled with globalist profiteering has eradicated the traditional, noble, aristocratic values of the West and left in their place the principles of crass commerce.

Best of all, the author even criticizes the use of faux-plus models as self-defeating tokenism. It's encouraging to see this line of criticism moving beyond insider industry discussions and penetrating the mainstream:

Glamour magazine made an effort in 2009 to include more “plus-size models” in its pages, but these models were not really all that large. Crystal Renn, for example, is only a [British] size 12; the average dress size for women in the UK is [a British] 16. Why must such a fanfare be made over this small achievement? Average size women featured in magazines should be a common thing, but at the moment editors feel the need to point out any slightly curvy model to the reader, and give themselves a pat on the back.

The fashion industry makes it difficult for magazines to use larger models, as all of their sample clothes come in small sizes. Since we are exposed to thin women in magazines, we perceive this as "beautiful".

But of course, images of cadaverous models are not beautiful; they are grotesque, and as other recent articles posted on the forum have indicated, women may finally be waking up to this deception, this anti-female agenda being conducted by the degenerates who run the fashion industry.

It's encouraging to see such insight from student writers. May these young people go on to make the points even more firmly in the future, and compel this toxic industry to finally reform.
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