Why Dove’s “Real Beauty Sketches” Video Makes Me Uncomfortable… and Kind of Makes Me Angry
So this video started going around my facebook today, with about a dozen of my female friends sharing the link with comments like, and “Everyone needs to see this”, and “All girls should watch this,” and “This made me cry.” And I’m not trying to shame those girls! I definitely understand why they would do so. And I don’t want to be a killjoy. But as I clicked link and started watching the video, I started to feel a slight sense of discomfort. I couldn’t put my finger on why that was, exactly, but it continued throughout the whole thing. After watching the video several more times, I have some thoughts…
My 11 year old’s school held their swimming carnival on Friday last week, the third day of the first school term. It was also my 21st wedding anniversary and I really wanted him to go so my husband and I would have the day to ourselves. It was not to be.
This morning I wrote the following note:
Tom was absent from school on Friday 1/2/13 because I lacked the fortitude to force him to an event, the mere thought of which invoked extreme misery.