somebody please explain this to me...
What happens to the text, when you hit the reply button and it comes up with 'this page cannot be found
(it happens to me quite a lot when I am posting a reply, and then when I go back, my text has f*^#!*d off into cyberspace!!!!)
but what I wanted to say was...
it is only generally women who gain their opinion of beauty from the supermodels they see.
Yes I would agree with you Al, but I assure you men are targeted too. Image building hype is the shackle of choice for you lot. So that from an early age, you are taught that you should want to drive a certain car, that you should crave to have a certain job, so that you can garner a certain amount of material possessions, so that you can display them in a certain kind of house.
And the list goes on, until one morning you sit up in your bed with a jolt, and realise that you're hocked to the hilt
in mortgage bond repayments. And HELLOOOO, now guess what?
Join the Que with all the other little worker ants (and mind you don't complain now, because look at all the stuff you get to go home and play with when you trudge back afterwards). Also, just forget about your dreams, there's lots of time for that nonsense in the 2/3 weeks off you'll have a year.
And as for this epidemic
of men who (in their free time) push, push, push themselves to the limit cycling, running, kite-surfing...
Now I can just hear
my son-in-law's protest 'but I LOVE my sport!'
And I say 'there is nothing wrong with that.'; excepting that I can also recognize a deeply ingrained 'sell-out-to-the-system' mechanism, which has been 'installled', and of which he is unawares.
And that while he thinks
he is out there just having fun, he is also behaving like an athletic hamster on a wheel, who imagines that someone important might notice his value and invite him down for a cigar and a life of bliss.
Now, I'm not saying we should all live in a world sans advertising, movies, sport, and Glamour. But I would prefer that people had more awareness, rather than just unconsciously acquiescing to solicitations.
And so I have this reaction when hearing from the minds of young women:
i have many reasons for not thinking im pretty
because there hasn't been a young woman yet born who would knowingly
trade her feelings of personal physical self esteem for a bunch of crap in return.