Thursday, October 15, 2015

It's NOT Normal


Yesterday I called a company to express concern over their sexually provocative billboard.
The manager gave me a host of {very lame and illogical} excuses.
At one point, she encouraged me to "use it as a teaching opportunity" for my children
and to tell them that the image was a normal thing they would see at the beach or the pool.

Excuse me?!?

Thanks for the suggestion,
but I will certainly not be telling my children that air-brushed, photo-shopped, surgically-enhanced images advertising cosmetic procedures are "normal."
I will, perhaps, use the billboard as a "teaching opportunity,"
but that teaching will focus on filling our lives with positive images and activities, on respecting our own and others' bodies, on false notions of beauty, and on the meaning of true beauty.

As I've fought my own battle to develop a positive self-concept,
I've only come to see more and more how damaging the objectification of women is
on both a moral and an emotional level.

In the beautiful words of Susan W. Tanner:
"Happiness comes from accepting the bodies we have been given as divine gifts and enhancing our natural attributes, not from remaking our bodies after the image of the world. The Lord wants us to be made over--but in His image, not in the image of the world, by receiving His image in our countenances."

Find her full talk here!

3 comments:

  1. I love the quote at the end. I also love that you took the time to call and voice your concerns--I wish more of us would (and that includes me:) Thanks for the inspiration this morning!

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    1. Thanks Sharlee! I wouldn't have thought it would make much difference, but surprisingly, as my husband and I have contacted companies and encouraged others to do the same (and my husband got a local politician on board), 9 inappropriate billboards have actually been changed. If you're ever interested in doing the same kind of thing in your area, I'd love to give you more details! We've found that contacting the billboard company itself (usually listed in the center of the bottom of the sign) has generated the most response.

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  2. Way to go Kaitlyn! That takes a lot of courage! I like that quote you used. I hear too many women talking about surgically changing and "enhancing" their bodies, and it really bothers me. I don't want my daughter to think that its necessary to do that.

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