October 4, 2007



I'm very pleased that a company is, although it has ulterior motives ($$$), promoting normal body images as a positive feature, and essentially denouncing the industries that make their money off women who disappear when they turn sideways.

What's disconcerting, however, is that the image of the woman in the billboard was clearly photoshopped. It's something anyone with a decent program can do.

Is it right to alter someone's features to make them seem more attractive? Women do it daily. They apply makeup, cover-up gook to hide blemishes. Is it OK to take it a step further and change their physical attributes? We're in a gray area here. But I think I'll go on the record and say, no. Makeup and other similar products are merely cosmetic. Superficial changes. But the eyes size, jaw shape, length of earlobes, and so on, all are part of what makes us unique and shouldn't be altered.

Let's put it another way. Suppose you were a member of an Internet dating site, and a possible date sent you a photo of an attractive person and said, "This is me." Being, well, attracted, you agree to meet. Face to face, this said person is actually fatter/skinnier/taller/shorter/uglier/older/younger than s/he claimed to be. The person tricked you. This person lied to you. And along the same line of thinking, these industries that make a business out of altering people to make them look pretty lied to us. Should we trust them? How can we?

We're straying into a very gray, controversial area of morals and ethics now.

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