This affected me way, way more than I expected. Although, I think this can go for anyone, guys and girls.
Shared by Rebecca Eisenberg on Upworthy
2 People Described The Same Person To A Forensic Artist And This Is What Happened
“Your self-confidence shouldn’t be dependent on how attractive other people find you, but … because I know I would have reacted the same way if I’d been part of this project, I’ll get down off my high horse just long enough to say, ‘Ladies, we really need to stop being so hard on ourselves!’
Chances are, you’ll take a second look in the mirror after you watch this. Or maybe you’ll just ditch your mirror altogether. Wouldn’t that be nice?”
As a side note, I am going to sit back and let go all of the deep analyses and critiques of how this video was structured through mere marketing eyes with contradicting messages and such. As far as I’ve seen and read, they make quite the true argument. And as much as I myself like proposing valid points and different perspectives on such material, Dove after all is a business and that is just life. But believe it or not, some people out there could use this sort of uplifting. Not everyone is going to sit there long enough to pick out the subliminal messages, apparent or not—because the case most likely will be that the people who need this the most don’t have the confidence to see it otherwise. This isn’t about Dove as a company and its commercial role in society; this is something more. You may or may not believe they were implying you have to be a thin blonde to be beautiful. But this type of thing gives inspiration to the people who need it most to better themselves in general: better your perspective; better your health; better your life. Think about it this way: if this is enough to make someone rethink the way she sees herself, then it is enough to give her an inspiration to better herself. Obviously no one is gonna say that Dove is trying to imply, “Oh, you’re beautiful just the way you are so go ahead and continue to eat extremely unhealthy things when you’re already obese.” The more someone has no motivation or inspiration to do something, the less likely they will take action. It’s common sense when I say it like that, huh? Well, that’s just it. If this can inspire people in whichever way to feel good about themselves, the more motivation they would have to better themselves.
Just because some aspect of reality in society doesn’t work out the way you (and many others) want it to—like in your perfect world—it is not a valid reason to find the flaws, deny, and critique the come of events that do, in fact, perhaps rebuild the hope and belief that sometimes society isn’t always fucking up.
Get it? Got it? Good.