- Is School Lunch Really All That Bad?
- Write a letter to your reflection in the mirror.
- What is your zodiac sign? Does it fit your personality?
- Sit outside for about an hour. Write down the sounds you hear.
- Write about a teacher who had a lasting impact on you.
- Your relationship status and how you feel about it.
- Where you’d like to be in ten years.
- Write about friends that are like family.
- Put your iPod on shuffle and write down the first ten songs that pop up.
- Write a verbal vision board.
- Write about being inside an old abandoned warehouse.
- How important do you think education is?
- What if you mirror started talking to you?
- List five celebrities that you’re attracted to.
- Write about how you celebrate New Year’s Eve.
- Write about what you do on Valentine’s Day.
- How impulsive are you?
- Write about your favorite US President, living or dead.
- Do Photoshopped Images Make You Feel Bad About Your Own Looks?
- Protected: Would You Want to Be a Child Prodigy?
- Do You Perform Better When You’re Competing or When You’re Collaborating?
- What are your favorite cartoons?
- If someone gave you a free plane ticket to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
- How Do You Find Peace in Your Life?
- How Important Is Keeping a Clean House?
- What would you do if you could live a day without consequences?
- How to Properly Pack a Suitcase
- A food that reminds you of your youth.
- Why would you be a great president? Give at least three arguments.
I don’t feel a direct correlation. Meaning, when I look at the images, I don’t feel bad about myself. When I look at images of myself I see things I’d like to change, but I don’t reference the magazine photos. So I’m sure one must influence the other, but in an indirect way.
I am a Photoshop user. I am able to make the kind of edits you see in magazines. I spot fakery all the time. (Check the shadows.) They don’t impress me.
They do anger me. Women are not objects to be carved up and reshaped. The control these magazines exert over them is unreal–almost no one gets to approve their edited image before it goes to print. You will allow yourself to be represented as they choose, or not at all.
Bad enough that celebrities work constantly to make their physical forms as ‘perfect’ as possible, through exercise, diet, surgery, medication, and god only knows what else. But then they get Photoshopped and must feel like failures. All that hard work, that self-denial, and they still need to be ‘cleaned up.’
One day even live cameras will be able to make these changes, and stars will only be filmed when they can give the camera crew a copy of their custom body edit.
I’m not interested in photos smoothed and trimmed and highlighted into something ‘more aesthetically pleasing.’ I’m not interested in clothing manufacturers, designers, or magazines that perpetuate this bullshit. When you are literally reshaping someone’s form, you’re going too far.
So crop it the fuck out.
Photo via Buzzfeed