Whose Ideal Was This, Anyway?



Heather McDougal talked to 5th and 6th graders about how the ideal body image of women has changed over time, from the corsets of 100 years ago to the Photoshopped images of today. And the modern altered bodies and altered images are the hardest ideal to even consider living up to. As an example, contrast the image of Usula Andress in the 1962 movie Dr. No with one of Halle Berry in the 2002 movie Die Another Day.
The thing that disturbs me most about these two images is how our daughters must feel about themselves when they see them. The girls in 1962, seeing Ursula rising from the waves in Dr. No, knew that what they were seeing was a real woman, something they could aspire to (if that was what they wanted). Seeing Halle Barry, above, holds no such comforts, particularly when digital film has so much option for smoothing out those flaws. Such perfection is absolutely outside the realm of anyone who is honest with themselves. They might as well throw themselves against a brick wall, because you can't live, and breathe, and be that perfect. It's impossible, and our daughters know it.

When she presented the changing ideal image of men, she found fewer changes over time, but a difference between what men and what women consider ideal. Read the rest at Cabinet of Wonders. Link

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Littlejeans, it doesn't stop at being thin. Not to mention not all people can be thin, no matter how healthy and fit they are.
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The overall health effects that result from women having a poor body image are much less costly to society than the diseases associated with obesity. One could argue that it is good for girls (and boys) to want to be thin
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Oh, sorry, Miss C. So it's just someone's whiny personal opinion, and not the result of real research. And she's allowed to go into schools and preach this to them without any basis in fact?

Obviously, Halle Berry achieved this. Obviously, she wasn't photoshopped while the movie was being filmed. That'as a lot of airbrushing for each frame. Obviously, this is attainable. For some. Not for everybody.

What's more alarming is look what global warming's done to the sky behind them.
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They both have nice bodies, and of course the one from 1962 is more easily attainable for the average woman. However, the emphasis for EVERYONE should be on being healthy. Boys and girls of all socioeconomic backgrounds should be fed nutritious food and should be taught how to manage their weight effectively and effortlessly. Exercise should be a valued part of everyone's life. Without these elements in your life, you'll be unhealthy -- even if you look like Halle Barry. Fat-looking people can be healthy; skinny-looking people can be unhealthy.
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Halle Berry looks pretty good to me. Fake or not. I think I'd do pretty well in a class if staring at her was the assignment. Hell, I'd probably do some extra credit work too.
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