I’m sure you’ve seen this Dove advertisement before. It is an ad campaign designed to make regular women feel better about their bodies.
Unfortunately, they first time I saw it was on another blog with a caption about fat girls.
Now, I am well aware that I need to lose some weight, but I don’t consider myself a fat girl. Or, I guess I should say, I didn’t consider myself a fat girl until I saw this.
Now, please don’t post a comment about how I am not a fat girl or how I had twins 14 months ago, because this is not at all about that. It is about perception. It’s about how my self-perception changed drastically by reading a caption on a picture that I’m sure was meant to be funny. It is about how Dove was trying to make me feel better and instead made me feel worse.
It’s also about how half of my friends are on Weight Watchers, or Atkins, or The South Beach Diet.
It’s about why we can’t just feel good about ourselves the way we are, even when a part (albeit a tiny part) of the media is finally saying, okay, you don’t have to be a waif anymore. Why if Marilyn Monroe wore a size 16, then why can’t we buy a size 14 in The Limited? That is what I want to know. That is what I want you to comment on.