Overcompensating - Making excessive corrections for fear of making an error.
This article was in our little Lethbridge Sun Times paper. It’s not any different than any of the other articles (or tv interviews or radio interviews or college class discussions) I keep coming across on this topic, but it’s the one I’m using right now as my example.
It starts like this:“Here’s the skinny on using ‘real’ women in advertisements: it’s good for advertisers and great for consumers.” They write that women have started believing if they can’t fit into a pair of size zero jeans, then they are not beautiful. (A skinny bashing article, in other words.)
Important to note here – I wear size zero jeans. Well, not always. Sometimes I wear a size two. Basically though I’m saying this article is about me, and women like me.
(Caution - picture is bad for consumers and advertisers)
Also important to note here – I eat and I am healthy. My set point for weight happens to be lower than most women’s. That’s okay. It’s also okay that yours may be higher than mine. We’re all okay. Kumbaya.
“Dove, Nike, and Wal-Mart have started the trend of using ‘real women’ by featuring not-so-skinny models in their beauty and fashion ads.”
Waaaaaaaaaaaaait. Real women. REAL WOMEN. They use that term a few times in the article, and it’s only the millionth article to do so. I’m sure many people skip over that like it’s nothing, but I’m a size zero, remember? So apparently I’m not a real woman. All women are real then except those who look like me? What the hell is that? That’s how women now support one another and try to make each other feel good about their bodies? Does that really make sense? You are reading a blog written by a fake woman. Maybe that means I’m a ghost. Or I have a secret peen.
The article mentions a Quebec retail chain that had ads featuring young, thin girls. They ended up pulling the ads because they decided the girls’ images were “unsuitable”.
Gah! How is that okay? How is it okay to tell all those young girls that their bodies are not suitable? Those are their BODIES! How dare anyone call them unsuitable? I can’t even find the words to express my disgust with that.
Here’s the thing that bugs me. Rather than embracing our bodies in general and saying they’re all beautiful and kumbaya and all of that, the new trend is to say all bodies are beautiful *except* that one type. Why? WHY??? How is that any better than saying all bodies are beautiful except the fat ones? Why do we always need to have the one group to pick on? Maybe could we just be accepting of all people, regardless of BMI, and please please please QUIT OVERCOMPENSATING. It's a sign of low intelligence. Your stupid is showing, stupid.