h/t to MGK for the link.
Please watch. It's almost 25 minutes long, but if you are a woman, or know a woman, you need to see this.
WOMEN BODIES. This project took off as a matter of urgency. It all started with the observation that women–real women–are an endangered species on television, one that is being replaced by a grotesque, vulgar and humiliating representation.We sensed the enormity of this loss: the erasure of women’s identity is happening right before our eyes, but without a proper reaction, not even from women themselves.
This led us to select television images that share a common manipulative exploitation of the woman’s body, to let people know what is happening–not only people who never watch television, but especially those who watch it but “don’t see.”
Our aim is to ask ourselves questions, and to pose questions about the reason behind this erasure, a real “pogrom” of which all of us are silent spectators.Our project grants special attention to the erasure of adult faces on television, to the use of plastic surgery to erase any sign of the passage of time, and to the social consequences of this erasure.
Every day, I talk to women who hate their perfectly normal bodies, their perfectly normal faces, their perfectly normal lines and wrinkles (seeing my crow's feet in the wrong light can send me into a day-long self hate fest). We hate ourselves because every day we are assaulted by edited, nipped, tucked and photoshopped images of beauty that don't exist anywhere, a standard of beauty no one can meet- but we'll beat ourselves up trying.
Even if you don't have time to watch this video, the next time you see a model or an actress, remind yourself- and every little girl you know- that not even that woman looks like that woman.