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Old 12-09-2012, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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I really love this blog, about body image.

A post from this week talks about the near inevitability of cellulite, with a healthy message:
80% of women have it, so just get over it.

Cellulite, Rimples and Dimples: A Beautiful Reality Check | BEAUTY REDEFINED

Most evidence shows, the "cures" do nothing to get rid of it. It has little relationship to body fat percentage. So instead of "freaking" out when you are afflicted with something so common, think of it as a female badge of honor instead of a curse.

This is a message I can 100% get behind. If "perfect" celebrities and swimsuit models have it, it can't be that uncommon.

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Even though cellulite is sure to remain headline news for media and beauty industries, let’s make sure it is no longer headline news in our own lives. Don’t let your own dimples (or wrinkles, gray hair, sagging skin, stretchmarks, insufficient lashes, unslightly armpits, or whatever else they come up with) hold you back from living a full and active and awesome life. Don’t let profit-driven media convince you that those body characteristics are shameful, gross, or anything other than 100% normal, healthy, and part of a truly beautiful reality. Let’s redefine beauty for ourselves by making it more inclusive of reality — warts, er…dimples, and all!
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Old 12-09-2012, 01:03 PM
 
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Beauty Redefined is such an awesome site / movement!

I love the old Rubens style paintings that celebrate cellulite! Imagine how much more comfortable women would feel about their bodies if those were the images that surrounded us today.
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Old 12-09-2012, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Beauty Redefined is such an awesome site / movement!

I love the old Rubens style paintings that celebrate cellulite! Imagine how much more comfortable women would feel about their bodies if those were the images that surrounded us today.
I'd like to see a wide range of images portrayed as "OK."

The problem is we only get one type at a time. Sometimes it is Kate Moss in the heroine chic days. Or Pamela Anderson in the Baywatch days. The next day it is J.Lo or Beyonce. Or Kate Upton. Then the week after it is Kim Kardashian. Or Cameron Diaz. Or Christina Hendricks. Or Madonna. Whoever is the flavor of the moment. I'd like to se 31 diverse flavors all the time. Something much more inclusive than we have right now.
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Old 12-09-2012, 01:22 PM
 
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I know what you're saying. I'd prefer to see less emphasis on "beauty" and more focus on intellect, kindness, creativity, etc. I guess that wish is as unrealistic as the photo-shopped, airbrushed images we have forced down our throats all day every day.
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Old 12-09-2012, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Windham County, VT
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Thanks for the link-I couldn't make it work directly-it went to a "page not found 404 error". Don't know why, because I did search for the site itself, then found the specific piece to which you provided link, and it's the same (glad it was still there, I worried that it had been disappeared before I'd get chance to read it). Go figure Anyway...
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I'd like to see a wide range of images portrayed as "OK."

The problem is we only get one type at a time.
Exactly-so that we're left alienated from ourselves, chasing from one narrow & unrealistic "aspirational exemplar" to another, believing we all need to buy a particular manufacturer's clothing, cosmetics, and/or bodily-modification plan, in order to be seen as acceptable/attractive, "good enough". As if we can purchase "perfectibility" (of the external sort, at least)
It's a race to the bottom, with the self-perpetuating myth that the skinniest woman "wins". Technology makes it all the easier to fool our eyes into thinking "really, she is *that* thin/youthful/flat/firm ?".
Rarely is it revealed that "no, actually this person's body is *not* how it appears on the glossy page" (kinda' like the difference between a sensationalized distorted headline splashed all over the cover vs. a retraction/clarification of said headline, which is tucked on a back page's bottom corner in small print).

Excerpts from Jaclyn Friedman's "What You Really Really Want", 2011:
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pg.29: "Whatever the medium, one of the most popular ways of trying to sell us stuff is by presenting impossibly narrow and idealized representations of women."
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pg.87: "We rely on body shape and size far too much when deciding who's sexy and who's sexual."
Jessica Valenti's "Full Frontal Feminism" & Joan Jacob Brumberg's "The Body Project" are a couple more great books in this vein, but I could go on listing related titles & authors for far too long...

Edited to include excerpt (italics added by me) from "This is How: Help for the Self Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More. For Young and Old Alike." by Augusten Burroughs, 2012.
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pg.44: “If reaching “thin” were effortless or even attainable with ordinary hard work, there would be no 60 billion dollar industry.”
"When something is worth 60 billion dollars, that tells you that almost nobody can have it, whatever it is."
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Old 12-09-2012, 04:08 PM
 
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This is excellent!

Like the author, I do actually get really happy when I see famous people looking normal - maybe not so much on the cover of tabloids, but in general.

I'm glad you posted this, jade! The mass marketing of making people feel ashamed of their bodies is out of control, so anything that serves to undo this is an A+ to me. Also, I learned about a new site today!
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Old 12-09-2012, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Way up high
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I'm skinny and I still have cellulite. Not a ton but you can see it. My mother and sister have it. It's just genetic and I just have to deal with it and I wear clothes that show I don't care anyways..
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Old 12-11-2012, 05:21 PM
 
Location: NYC
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cellulite isn't attractive at all. yes some people have it at a healthy weight, but it is still highly unattractive.
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Old 12-11-2012, 11:47 PM
 
Location: US
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ehhhhhhhhhhhhh...

had it

lost it

Ill accept that

you do whatever it is you do.
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Old 12-12-2012, 12:22 AM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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cellulite isn't attractive at all. yes some people have it at a healthy weight, but it is still highly unattractive.


Who cares if you find it attractive? The whole point is to OWN & live with it, whether it is attractive or not... lots of physical traits aren't attractive, but if it's something you can't change, own it proudly! I find confidence to be very sexy, don't you?
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