Thursday, November 06, 2008

everybody's free to wear sunscreen



i love this video & find it timely in my own life. while i do not subscribe to the media or magazines to define my self worth, stacking myself up beside a hollywood-mannequin. i do have things however that if i glance them in the mirror i think gee that wasn't there before i had kids/when i graduated high school/back in the day. it doesnt get me down, my body is just a thing, a vehicle from point a to point b, it serves me well and hasnt ever let me down in the clutch. all the same i wear sunscreen, paint my toe nails, suck in my poochy stomach in a bathing suit, and get a wee embarrassed by my unfinished tattoos. the latter of which i could remedy i suppose but the others, they are just part of my fabric and i shrug them off pretty well. watching it i realize i do not dance enough, don't know my parents at their depths (though im trying), i do not take great risks. i do however find great wisdom in the above video and i hope you do too.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh yee silly sister still in her twenties... just wait till that "vehicle" starts needing maintenance! Lots of oil changes and tune-ups. And You have a great attitude on this stuff though. Lets hope your 'Olive-bug' doesn't feed into the disturbing hype of body image when she gets older. Girls are sick with this stuff. Wait...Bubby stop talking now because he recognizes dangerous territory for a male to be commenting on... :) No punch bubby in the face, ok!?
Josh

Anonymous said...

Jenny, thank you for posting this video! It's always nice to be reminded of these universal truths. Each time I see this, somehow it becomes even MORE meaningful...
-Carissa

jenny mae. said...

josh - it took me a few weeks to wrap my mind around having a girl, raising a girl with olive. i wasnt afraid of her, i was afraid FOR her. stuff like this is so prevalent that i fear all of it breaking her down. tis a great responsibility raising girls into strong women. boys into strong men too of course.

Anonymous said...

have you read the book "From Diapers to Dating"??? It really helped me to formalize how I wanted to talk to my young daughters about body image and sexuality in our consumer driven societal ideal around girls and women. Hope it helps!! ERIN

ryan. said...

haha! wow i had totally forgotten about that 'song' until you posted it. it immediately transported me back to when we still had a year of high school left and.... well.... how different our priorities must have been then.

thanks!