Prejudicial imagery

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Posted by Melanie W. on April 20, 2005 at 22:09:16:

In Reply to: The *real* problem . . . posted by HSG on April 19, 2005 at 01:15:11:

No wonder the media refuses to show goddesses like Barbara Brickner on TV in in movies - it would ruin their agenda. Now that the junk science which people had been using to fuel weight hysteria has been discredited, prejudicial images really are the one and only thing that people will keep using to spread an anti-plus message.

I think the wost and most offensive tactic is the "decaptitated passeryby" approach. You know - this is where, any time there is a news story that is in any way related to size or weight, the cameras capture images of full-figured women, but cut off the shot at the neck.

Its a disgusting practice. It simply proves that a camera operator who takes these kinds of pictures has a prejudice against full-figured women that runs so deep, that he/she expects anyone who sees the images to share his prejudice, and to react in a negative way.

Also, I dont think anything could be more symbolic of how the media tries to DEHUMANIZE full figured women. It doesnt even show that they have faces. The idea is just to "prove" a point by getting a blind reaction out of people - "Look at all these non-skinny people".

What are they afraid of - that if people see the faces of the passers-by, they will realize, "Hey, that is a real human beings" or even, "Wow, that lady is quite pretty"?

And what kills me is that at the same time, the same reporters who create these images will probably be running stories advocating "tolerance" or "respect" for someone else. Total hypocrisy.

Any camera operators who take these kinds of pictures - and you see them everywhere - should be ashamed of themsleves.

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