Necklace: Le Chateau
Skirt: Smart Set
Happy International Women’s Day!
I know that women shouldn’t just have one particular day set aside to make notice of the major contributions we make and continue to make in society, but nonetheless it still counts towards something. May this day, and many days hereafter be filled with admiration, appreciation, respect, equality and love.
As a side note, I find it interesting that just yesterday, while cruising youtube videos, one powerful video on the images of women used in advertising throughout history (to current times), came to my attention. The video is astutely named Killing Us Softly, presented by Jean Kilbourne. She actually has a whole series of these video’s and I’m linking fourth (and I believe the most current) to this post. I don’t want to butcher the poignant message behind this video and the others, but if you are currently reading this post, I highly recommend you allow yourself a few minutes to watch this video (if not all in the series). It truly is an eye opener and as sad it makes me to admit this, I have to say how deeply piercing it is to realize how these images affect how I view myself from a day to day basis. The old pride wants to kick in and say something akin to – ‘I don’t pay attention to ads! They don’t affect me ! I know we aren’t supposed to look that airbrushed in real life. I’ll have you know that I’m 100% confident in my image all the time‘…sigh…the reality…
I like that on days like today, we can celebrate and focus on the many achievements we make throughout the fabric of history (on social, economic and political levels) and that we don’t have to be and shouldn’t be reduced down to just…play things. That our worth is paramount. That we are not the unfeeling, caricatures of some unrealistic and offensive ideal. It’s maddening and deeply depressing that after 40 years of talking about the subject matter, Jean still sadly has to report that not enough progress has been made.