4 thoughts on “Must. Hate. Body.

  1. This reminds me of posts on a blog I used to read about a decade ago where the author would periodically post magazine covers she saw in the grocery store line. The theme was how most of those supermarket mags had two conflicting things: GET THIN and BEST DESSERT EVER. A definite example of the way mass media creates self-sabotage in housewives. Mixed messages indeed.

  2. Two comments removed: one of our bloggers left a comment which was clearly intended for some other thread, and this caused confusion.

  3. We should always be asking ourselves if fashion magazines truly have our best interests in mind (they usually don’t). Thanks for sharing.

  4. Maybe there are two problematic juxtapositions here (by the magazines, not by Dr. Saul.) One mixed message is fairly straightforward: be thin in a certain time-frame and don’t be thin in a certain time-frame. Another mixed message, I think, that seems to me not as often attended (hence my comment trying to draw attention to it, though since I am talking about something about which I know little, I may be wrong it is “not as often attended”) is the idea one should and shouldn’t care about their appearance. I think they are different. The first mixed message (as I’ve called it) still carries the idea, with both messages, that one of our most important duties is to look a certain way (the *mixing* being how one takes on that duty, quickly or less quickly.) The second mixed message carries the idea we ought to look a certain way, and at the same time we are imprudent if we care how we look.

    I think this second mixed message (another example being when I call someone “vain”, or when society shames someone for supporting plastic surgery, or when I make light of someone for being appearance-centered, as I sadly do at times) is very taxing and hurtful, also.

    Anyway that is two ways of thinking about the mixed message, probably expressed horribly (I am not a philosopher, obviously.) Again, I mean to show that there are two ways of reading the juxtaposition, though that may have been completely obvious to everyone else. Thanks for drawing attention to this continually problematic issue, Dr. Saul.

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