This week’s reading topics really hit home for me. Throughout my entire life I have struggled with my self-image. Too short, to “fluffy”, as we say in our home. Growing up I watched television shows that for the most part portrayed people, particularly children my age, as they were. I don’t know if any of you may remember Punky Brewster, but I adored that girl. Mismatched socks and shoes, stripes with plaids and just about whatever hairstyle she could think of. I adored that girl. First and foremost because she was quirky, as I tended to be, but also because she went against the grain. She didn’t have to do things to gain the approval of others. She wore what made her happy and she was super comfortable with the way she looked. Television these days is scary for young kids. For some crazy reason, society has placed a gigantic factor on being thin, perfect hair, makeup and clothes. This makes absolutely no sense to me. I have a daughter, a very impressionable daughter, and yes she does watch Jessie and Wizards of Waverly when the opportunity comes around. I have heard her say she wishes she had longer hair, prettier eyes, was taller, thinner. It breaks my heart that the young people on television are so wrapped up in their self-images and that they are so looked up upon by children. I think every child should have that person on television that they would like to be a little bit more like, so why don’t the youth actors and actresses be who they really are, flaws and all??

M – I was happy to see an article finally posted showing the real side of celebrities. Often time’s celebrities are so painted up in ads and pictures that it is almost as if you aren’t looking at a person at all, but just a creation. I believe the author deserves a standing ovation for getting the reader to realize that “things aren’t always what they seem”.

A – I agreed with the whole article this week. As short as it was, it made a point. I was happy that the magazine put an untouched photo of Cate Blanchett on the cover. It was a true portrayal of what the everyday working mom really looks like. We all try to be beautiful, but sometimes we just have to be real.

N – Honestly there was nothing in this article that I disagreed with. I do wish that they would have included a response from Cate Blanchett on how she felt about the cover. It would have been beneficial to reader I believe to hear if she defended the magazines choice.

I – I found the last sentence and final words from the magazine to be the most interesting. “It’s a curious sign of the times that this has become something to shout about.” To me this statement gives hope that eventually we will find real beauty in real life. The mom that works all day and can’t wait to get home and get in sweats and her favorite t-shirt. The dad that may not have the six pack abs but has strong arms to protect his family, and the kids that want to still be kids and not grow up faster than they have to with negative influences.

C – The most confusing part of this article, again as short as it was, was the lack of conclusion. I would have enjoyed reading of more celebrities that have allowed themselves to be photographed or videoed in real life.

 


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