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Why women will always fall short of 'beauty'

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WeDONTneedanotherhero · 23/05/2011 14:54

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carocaro · 25/05/2011 14:31

I didn't say I was not impressed with it, but unlike you it seems, am not treating it as gospel. I don't need to re read if to have questions if any answered. You need to make you OP better the just a FFS.

Of course there is a difference between people having tummy tucks and dying (a small % like any surgery) but are you seriously saying the Dove ad in question would make someone want tummy tuck? To over use a sunbed? To want plastic breasts? I really don't think so. You are giving no credit to the women of today and their intelligence; the one's you seem to want to protect.

I know no plastic, fake boobed health riskers who feel inadequate after watching adverts. You seem a bit Daily Mail-ish with the view that it's an epidemic taking over the vast majority of the female population. Does it occur to you that some people, a small minority of the population do it because they want to, not because they are weeping that they don't live up to an advert? It's not a case of live up to it or be doomed. And I don't even think that some of them as you put it, "feel that bad" to do stuff int he first place, they may just prefer the look and like it. You don't so why get on their case? Does fake tan use endanger life or affect your life in any way?

Tell me where the line is, because there obviously is some line that you have deemed appropriate in terms of beauty? Between not washing and a Barbie Doll somewhere I presume? Can you define what it is? And why is your idea better?

We would all look different if we had the Dove advert style treatment with hair and make up people etc, do I like the end result? not really to neat, coiffed and too much make uo for my taste - the key word in the sentance bing MY TASTE. I don' think that most women think boo hoo I will never look like that, you won't it's a different person for a start.

You seem to miss the point the adver is trying to make, which is, it takes a heap of stuff and people to get from point A to point B and that it is totally unrealistic eg: uncovering all the stuff that gets done NOT trying to get away with saying this is all real when it's not.

limitedperiodonly · 25/05/2011 14:46

Dove/Unilever's Campaign for Real Beauty enrages me more than photoshopping does because it's a cynical marketing exercise.

They're flogging body lotion, not curing cancer, and I resent the implication that they think I'm too stupid to work that out.

Oh look, they've just launched a campaign for a deodorant that makes your armpits prettier.

Just one more thing I didn't know I needed to worry about. Thanks Dove.

limitedperiodonly · 25/05/2011 14:47
WeDONTneedanotherhero · 25/05/2011 16:04

carocaro no I don't wear make-up any more because I don't believe I need to, I do however use soap and brush my hair as that is very basic hygiene.

You obviously disagree with my OP and that's fine but implying that people who don't realise the full effect of photoshopping are unintelligent crosses the line.

I have already explained to you why I FFS'd and tbh I don't feel like I needed to expand any further as that summed up my feelings of the clip. I didn't realise I had to write an analyitical essay on it.

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CravingExcitement · 25/05/2011 16:09

But where do they get the idea from? No-one just woke up and thought, "I think I'll get my tits replaced with a couple of plastic bags" Someone sold the idea to everyone.
Surgery having a tiny percentage of deaths is reasonable, if the surgery is necessary. In the case of cosmetic surgery, it's not really is it?

nickelbabe · 25/05/2011 16:19

I have to confess I didn't realise they were photshopped to such an extent - I thought it was things like blemishes or moles - and i've seen waists thinned - I never realised they would lengthen the neck of move her eyes!

and she was beautiful before they started on her. :(

carocaro · 25/05/2011 17:50

We somwhere between a FFS and an analytical essay would have been a good start. Either post and be prepared to debate and have people disagree or don't post at all.

So we all have to be like you and the world of the woman would be a better place, if not, everyone else is a shallow wallower using products to try and get to what you pereive as unattainable beauty and their lives will be blighted for ever? Not!

Off to slick on some lip gloss and moiturise my dry legs, is that allowed?

carocaro · 25/05/2011 17:52

And I don't think Dove came up with the idea of plastic tits, but thank god someone did for people who need recontructive surgery after illness or is that not allowed either?

WeDONT - you just can't put your money where your mouth is and tell me where an acceptable line regarding beauty is, can you?

msrisotto · 25/05/2011 19:00

Carocaro - you're not the arbiter of posts! Get over the fact she just put ffs, you've been going on about it for ages!

You must be being deliberately obtuse with regards to reconstructive surgery and basic hygiene, in that respect you're just being offensive.

sprogger · 25/05/2011 21:14

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CravingExcitement · 25/05/2011 21:17

carocaro, are you having a bad day?
The reconstructive surgery thing was a low shot I think.
I wear makeup, I have showered, my hair is brushed. Is that allowed?
And I don't believe you have read TBM.

WeDONTneedanotherhero · 25/05/2011 21:57

WOW carocaro you have got a bee in your bonnet.

"you just can't put your money where your mouth is and tell me where an acceptable line regarding beauty is, can you?"
I have no problem with natural beauty, I have a huge problem with photoshopped images being portrayed as real.

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carocaro · 25/05/2011 22:36

No just disagree with the fawning over TBM, which I have read. Some I agree with some I don't.

Love the fact you have to resort to 'bee in bonnet/bad day/being offensive' without actually adressing the issues at hand, because you, I think, can't?

You give feminists a bad name.

AyeRobot · 25/05/2011 22:42

tut, tut, all of you.

I did have to laugh at "you only have to google retouched pictures". If you don't know already that they are retouched beyond the odd blemish, why would you?

WeDONTneedanotherhero · 26/05/2011 09:08

Carocaro what exactly is "the issue at hand" because you don't actually seem to be making a point?

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