Finally, “Real” Women

By August 2, 2012 Natural Health, Spirit 4 Comments
Dove real beauty campaign

Pictures posting

Comments flying

Women saying

“Finally, REAL women”

 

Wait~!

 

Skinny women aren’t Real???

Once again

We pass judgment

On ourselves

And our sisters

 

We define “Real” by the shallow

And not the substantive

We feel guilty

Dirty

Unworthy

 

We wait to feel beautiful

To love

To live

Until we are “perfect”

By someone else’s standards

 

But perfect never comes

Our chance passes

 

~It’s heartbreaking~

Women never living fully

Because they believe a lie

They’re not “Real” till a marketing ad

Has defined

Or undefined them.

 

~It’s our own fault~

Measuring ourselves

Our friends

Our children

Complete strangers

By only what we see

 

~When will we acknowledge our strength?~

Embrace this fragile treasure

Of LIFE

And stop caring

About how marketing gurus

Think they’ll best convince us to consume

 

When will we get angry

That a campaign highlighting “real” women

Still requires them be photographed in their underwear

Still objectified solely by sex

 

When will we decide

To stop defining ourselves by our appendages

By bone structure

Muscles

and skin

and a scale

as  though we are just another piece of meat

 

It seems a little ridiculous

When you think about it

 

It’s just flesh

Yet

In truth so much more

Than a dwelling for our spirit

A phenomenal part of us

Designed

To enjoy life’s sensual pleasures

Taste, feel, sight, smell, sound

 

We are so hampered by sight

We miss the rest

 

When we will embrace the fullness of what we are as women?

For our daughters

Our fellow-woman

Our lovers

Ourselves

 

We are more than the sum of our appendages.

We are

Spirit

Mystery

Sensual

Designer

Beauty

Provider

Brains

Intuition

Healer

Lover

Nurturer

Hope

Strength

Justice

Courage

Priestess

Light

Love

Beloved

Brilliance

Hilarity

Creativity

Life altering,

World changers.

 

~Each – perfect, unique works of art~

When will we look past

Physique alone

 

And recognize the deep beauty

The real-ness of each woman we see

 

Especially the one

We greet each morning

In the mirror

 

I am ready

Are you?

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