This speaks for itself I believe.
For my multimedia class, we had to do a video package that related to our blog. I typically focus on female perception of women in media, but I wanted to approach the topic from a different perspective. I talked to two male cinema production majors to get their take on the topic.
People who partake in the healthy lifestyle really grind my gears. It isn’t because they’re fit and healthy and loving their bodies- for that, I say good for them. I admire those who take to the healthy lifestyle, and I really wish I could easily embrace that. I like the idea of healthy living, but at the same time, I think there are people who take it to extremes, and that in itself is not healthy. The pressure society puts on physical appearance is disgusting, and a lot of times with a tiny frame comes a narrow point of view. Don’t get me wrong, keeping your body healthy and working well is incredibly important. You’ve got to keep the machine well oiled, if you get my drift. But it seems that more and more as we put a larger emphasis on outer beauty, our view of inner beauty becomes so much smaller. Keeping your body in shape is definitely important to live a long and healthy life, but when it comes down to it, you only live once and that cheesecake isn’t going to eat itself.
I feel like too often we compare ourselves to things we see on the internet. Whether it’s people, creative Pinterest crafts, or events that we see, it seems like we look upon these things with an immediate sense of inferiority. I can call myself a victim to this- I often look through Pinterest and think to myself, “Wow, there is no way in Hell I’ll ever be that crafty.” It isn’t just mason jar art that I compare myself to negatively- I do just the same with people I see on Facebook, Twitter, all the social media of the like. And what’s worse is that I don’t recognize that I’m putting myself down, I’m simply seeing it as a statement of fact. It’s this kind of thought process that is so discouraging; why is it that I feel the need to compare myself to these people that I don’t know and these things I don’t have?
I’m not saying I’m not confident, and I’m not saying other people who compare themselves to others on the internet are not confident either. It’s just an interesting situation to see that even within small things, it is common to compare yourself to that thing. Comparisons are not necessarily a bad thing- it’s good to self-evaluate and if you see a trait in someone that could improve your personal sense of self, then I think you should go for it. I have three words to leave you with: compare with care.
I feel like too often we base our view of beauty on how in shape a person is, and I just don’t like that. Weight should not influence how beautiful a person it. I hate to say, “It’s what’s on the inside that counts”, but the no matter how corny it is, the sentient always rings true. Tabloids are tragic to read because of how much they distort people’s views on different topics. Why do I care so much that this celebrity has cellulite? Does it really affect me to know that that celebrity lost weight? I don’t understand and I don’t like how much those awful things warp people.
For my class, we had to create an audio package that related to our blog topic. At my university, we are very well known for our dance and cinema programs. I interviewed two women within those two programs and asked their thoughts on what it’s like going into an industry where there is contestant problems facing gender, whether it is securing a job or making sure their appearance fits a certain model.