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There has been a firestorm of discussion and emotion since the release of Black Swan that has me rereading Lauri Apple’s poignant article back at JEZEBEL and rethinking. once again, the subtle but profound impact that media, culture, social; and familial arenas play and interact into our consciousness, whether they are actualized physically-mentally or not.
Since my daughter has suffered from Anorexia Nervosa and was a classically trained ballet student-dancer since the age of seven, as parents you may, unfortunately, get to see the side of ‘cygne noir’ – black swan that is layered within the walls of the dance studio. When eight year old girls are talking about having stomach surgery or that they are ‘fat’, or when you realize you are in the bathroom and a dancer in the adjacent stall, is intentionally inducing vomiting, it can become more than a bit disturbing.
While I don’t ‘blame’ the media, advertisers, etc. as the sole ’cause’ in perpetuating Eating Disorders , I find it simultaneously an act of denial to disregard the power and pull these mediums have and do carry, some more than others; and of course, within varying degrees for individuals and their set of environments, circumstances, genetic traits-pre-determinants, towards tipping a scale (no pun intended) sometimes in dangerous directions.
While I’m happy my daughter chimes in that she would rather see ‘True Grit’ vs ‘Black Swan’ I do believe the conversation happening is one worth continuing and deepening.
What are your thoughts and feedback? Please feel free to share…
If you are in NYC December 4-5th you won’t want to miss this seminar along with a free showing of America The Beautiful followed by Q&A with Mr Roberts:
Beauty In Every Body …You’re looking in the dressing room mirror at your backside, wondering where the air brushers are when you really need them. But it’s not your body that needs air brushing, it’s your brain. We’ve all been brainwashed by messages that undermine our self-esteem and ability to make healthy choices. What will it take to look in the mirror and accept what you see–to cherish the physical form that embodies the true beauty of who you are? This seminar will address the media images and messages that diminish our self-esteem and will offer strategies to nurture body-acceptance and health.
Sol Stone, The Nutrition Clinic, and Ophelia’s Place present: The 9th Annual Erin Leah Robarge Memorial Seminar December 5th, 2008Radisson Hotel, Corning, NY
click here for registration form and brochure
for more information, please call The Nutrition Clinic at 607-732-5646
Interesting use of metaphor…
are you taking care of your Earth Suit– I hope so!
- Bonne Nuit