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Tuesday, July 5th, 2005

Posted by:jennifwr.
Time:12:47 pm.
Mood: devious.
AHHHHHHHHHH!

Everyone say Thank-you Don!
My Dad sent me this link today. HOLY SHIT!
We need to go. WE NEEEED TO GO!
They are handing it to us... though I doubt that we'll be allowed to tape in there... but the research we can do will be AMAZING!

http://www.newyou.ca/

everyone, and I mean, everyone, check this out.
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Sunday, May 15th, 2005

Posted by:mouthofthemynx.
Time:2:22 pm.
hey all of you.

i am starting filming this week. by the friday [20th] i want to have something filmed. so i will probably be emailing you guys within the next day or two to arrange what is tangible to film right now...even if it is just flow stuff [images etc.] to create a montage later...


Excited!!!!?!?!?!!
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Tuesday, April 5th, 2005

Subject:The email response I got from the Poster girl.
Posted by:jennifwr.
Time:12:13 pm.
Mood: excited.
This is the response that I got. This girl has a good head on her shoulders. :)

Hey,
Thank you so much for your kind words. I am so excited that people are so enthusiastic about my work. My critique went awful that day. Anyhow, the inspiration cam e from the Jenny Craig commercial with Kristie Alley originally, but the project is really inspired by the girl in the photo. After I photographed her she admitted that she was belimic and she finally went to the doctors to find help. She really felt that through talking while I was taking the photo's and the photograhs themself that she realised she had a serious problem. She was very enthusiastic and actually encouraged me to carry out this project. So that is essentially how the project took shape. She is still struggling through treatment but its fantastic that she is finally getting help. We hope that maybe these posters will help someone.

I am so excited to hear that you guys want to make a documentary about body image. I think the think that blows my mind the most is the media. First, how grotesque is it to stand in line to pay for your graceries and every magazine is plastered with a beautiful white female.....EWW Yuk! Secondly, its fantastic that companies such as dove are trying to pplay an active role in body image as well as music videos, but realistically they are greatly flawed. They basically tell us what is fat, and skinny, what is beautiful, geeky, so on and so forth. So I feel that their messages are very counterproductive in the sense that they tell us whats in and whats not and further substantiat what societies stardards are. I realise that it is extremely difficult to avoid doing this but at the same time people have to be aware that this is what is happening.

As for the information that I collected, most of it was off the internet, I am at school right now, but I would be happy to share the websites with you sometime. I definetly think one of the best places for someone with a disorder such as belimia or annorexia should see there doctors. But there are eating disorders that are barely recognized sutch as binging and purging?!?!

Anyways, I think what you guys are doing is great. I wish you luck on your project and I would love to offer help. Hope to hear from you again.

Take Care and good luck on exams!
Zabrina


I'd love to hear what you guys think too. I want to write her back tonight. Any specific things I should maybe ask her about? I'm curious to know what class this was for. She says that she had Critique, so it was for a visual arts course... because I have critiques of all my assignments in my classes too. But yeah, I'll definitely keep in touch with her if you guys think that make this could be helpful. As well if anyone else wants to email her or anything just message me on MSN or something.. I just don't wanna post it in the community.

take care everyone...
I feel like I'm posting a lot in here.. hope everyone isin't getting annoyed...
:D

~Jemmy
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Posted by:jennifwr.
Time:9:27 am.
The girl that put the posters up at my school contacted me!!!!!
YES!
killer. I'm writing her an email now!
*excited face*
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Monday, April 4th, 2005

Posted by:jennifwr.
Time:9:34 pm.
Mood: cheerful.
So my friend John who is staying with me for the month is doing his aprenticeship at a Documentary Film organization at Bay and Bloor downtown. He did a 35 minute documentary entirely himself as his final project for his final year at school a few weeks ago and he is going to London for 12 hours tommorow to do extensive interviewing and footage work.. I told him that we were getting one together and he said if ever we need any help, or tips,. or like help getting a really workable plan, he has lots of experience and will be more that happy to assist us, even if just on the technical end. I told him I would pass that info along. It seems pretty sweet if you ask me, I mean he is out with a professional compant all day tommorow doing exactly what we will be looking to do this summer... fucking eh.

As well, a girl in my class just did this massive sculptural piece on her own body. it's intense. She talked about this interesting idea of how much space women should occupy and how girls tend to lean towards taking up as little space as possible (thin is in, we cross our legs and arms when we sit, clothing tends to be tight, high heels have less surface area on the ground.. etc. her piece was esentially her doubling her alloted volume by doing a full body exact size replica of herself standing at attention... she wants to do like 20 more too, so that she occupies tons of space with herself. it was cool) Anyways I talked to her a bit (yes, I know, at school I spoke to someone intentionally... "OoOOo we-eird" <--that ones for you Shan. ha.) and she has a lot of stuff to do with womens bodies... so I got her email address and told her we may contact her if you guys thought it was something that might strengthen our argument. She said that would be great.

AS WELL there are posters all over my school that say "I'm fat" and list statistcs about body image, and the girl on the poster is actually not fat at all... they are amazing and I love them and I stuck a note on the wall next to the one on the stairs to my locker today saying "Hi there! If you made this, or you know the person(s) who did, PLEASE contact me, I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to talk to you. Brilliant. Jenny, Jbundock@yorku.ca" so hopefully someone emails me about that as well.

pretty cool day if you ask me.
In anycase I'ma go eat dinner... gotta maintain my side-o-beef figure.
;)

love ya's
~Jemmy.
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Thursday, March 24th, 2005

Posted by:jennifwr.
Time:3:01 am.
I got another useful mag...
I started a binder too... it's GORGEOUS. I'm going to start cataloguing all this shit I come across... I mean, there has to me a method to this madness. Though I am happy there is not a use for my magazine addiction.. I seriously buy 2-3 a week. I mean if I didn't cut them up and mail them out of here I'd be burried in them by now.
but yeah the one I just got has articles on women who have had plastic surgery and it's the body issue (oh yeah it's a Marie Claire)

goodies inside:

"on having a tummy tuck: 'I'm too young to give up on my body'~Heidi, 36"
"...The drainage seeped out from my thighs and onto my clothes. Attractive ~Kate, 40"

as well they reveal what the OB/GYN and the sales clerk etc really think about us... are they comparing how fat we are to the last patient? do they think I'm flat? are the wispering that I should lay of the spray cheese, because it's going straight to my thighs and taking out a bank loan so it can start building cheezy condo's on my ass too? Should I conciously chose flattering underwear? Will you go to the roller rink with me yes/no? what if I get a weggie and need to pull it out? (okay, I made 2 of those up... but the rest is true!)

CELEBRITY BODY SECRETS!!!! (
(*no way...guys, get your pens ready to jot these down!!! I bet it's chef, personal trainer, image consultant, and assistant... yeah, maybe I'll ask for those for my birthday... I think you can get them in a box set down at Wall Mart. Hang on, I'll ring up Paris Hilton and ask her if they come in gucci or if I have to settle of *gags* calvin klien.... retards!)
they actually go through and list the best "thigh trimming" and "post baby" body... nice.

AND

my favorite, "she loves ti, he hates it"
-see guys hate something their girlfriend wears and LOVES, so in the name of love they girls agree to change their attire... nice quotes are "she looks like a barber pole" and "it looks like she got it from a costume shop"

oh yay!?

did you know religion can help you lose weight? aparently...

"make the most of your shape"
-create curves
-slim thighs
-lengthen torso (is it alright if my girlfriends torso joins us for dinner?)
-hide hips
-shrink waist
-accentuate bustline
-minimize butt
-hide thighs
-slim down (I thought that's what most of these were... but oh-kay)
-look taller
-hide a tummy

so we end up with a curvy, thighless, hipless, long torso'd, tiny waisted, busty, small ass, slim, tall tummyless creature... I picture it with a forked tongue too, and a furry tail, but not a fat tail... make that's where the curves will come from, cuz the boobs can't handle all that responsibility.

and then there is a list of historical diets, so we can all find that one good one.

everyone want to know what mine is?







don't eat shit! Go outside...walk around.



it works really well... I'm thinking of calling it the "no-fa diet.. short for no-sofa and no-facking shit food.

whaddya think?

with love, as always, the fat, old, side of beef
Jemmmmy
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Thursday, March 17th, 2005

Posted by:jennifwr.
Time:12:09 pm.
Mood: annoyed.
I got my hands on yet more useful magazines, as well, I'm good for that kind of thing.
Also, my step mom is considering some plastic surgery, (or rumor would have it anyways) I sudgest that we either interview her pre and post surgery, if she does go through with it, but more so I'm going to try and talk her out of it, because she's one of the most Beautiful women I know as she is, and un-necessary surgery is dangerous, and I'm really really bothered by the idea of this. Really, it has been making me incrediby anxious, and I don't like it one bit, but if she's determined, then we can ask her to stand by her decision, and talk to us about it.... though, as I said, I'm going to invest some serious energy into getting to the bottom of all this, because if we can't convince my gorgeoys, fit, happy, healthy sucsessful step-mom to not alter her body with surgery, because naturally she can't satisfy a standard.. then I'm going to really heartbroken. (Though the fact that the fucking media and society have made my Step-mom feel she needs to do this has filled me with a renewed sense of fury and rage... so intense I'm having trouble sitting in my chair... so we can use that too I'm sure... cuz FECK am I ever pissed) But yeah... back the Magazines... I took another one of those fucked up ELEVATE magazines from my hairdressers... they give them away for free to their clients, so I may wander in there monthly and pick one up, cuz I spend a lot of money in there so I doubt they'll say anything...

BUT YES cover stories in this issue are:

Men Tell All! -- What they love about you (* here's what they like, in case you boys weren't aware: Guy 1 = feet, Guy 2 = Breasts, Guy 3 = Feet, Guy 4 = Legs, Guy 5 = Eyes, Guy 6 = Breasts... and the breast guys, say that they don't mind fake ones eather... really... how INTERESTING a plastic surgery magazine explains to us that boobs are what 1/3 of guys look at first, and that fake can be just as good, and that another 1/3 like feet, hmm.. pedicures, that's money WELL SPENT, and the rest, well, that's legs, *Lypo suction anyone?* and eyes... brow lifts, crows feet.. all of it must go in order to get 100% of male attention. I love how innocent this article looked before reading between the lines.. or more fittingly... "WHAT LINES!! OH MY GOD ARE THERE LINES!!? WHERE!!??? LINES ARE EVIL! QUICK GET THE BOTOX!! RUNNNNNN")

NEW facelift, using only pins (*We learned about this last issue didn't we... it's perfect, no surgery.. only you can't laugh or smile too big, you'll break the threads)

How much is too much? (*actually, Michael Jackson has had a bit too much? really? Did you guys know he's had some work done?...news to me... but they say it's cool to have several surgeries that compliment eachother.. like a nose job, brow lift and cheek implants at one time... what we need is a sensible plan, stick to one general area at a time. They go over the downsides, by they are sort of lightly written out, as though being sort of passed over...it's scary)

We will tell you what other beauty mags don't! (*duh, you tell the reader to go out and book major unnecessary surgery... Cosmo told me to buy a new lipgloss for spring and that waves were in this year...)

and my favorite...

5 WINTER GETAWAYS FOR SURGERY AND SUN (*I'm just going to let you all read that sentace over a few times... because really, there's nothing more to add...)

But yeah, I'm going to keep stealing this, because it's, well, the most fucked up piece of glossy stapled paper to grace my room in a very long time...

cheers!
Jemmy
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Thursday, March 10th, 2005

Subject:*sigh*...AND DOUBLE *SIGH*
Posted by:jennifwr.
Time:2:04 pm.
Mood: annoyed.
yesterday on Americas Top Model (which I stopped on wondering what the fuck was going on, and realized after the fact what I was infact watching, thus making some pretty good sense of what I'm about to tell you...) There was a girl being photographed, who I saw, and thought "wow, she's gorgeous"... as I finished saying that to myself in my head one of the photographers refered to her quietly to the other photographer as like "a side of beef"..

now, this girls build is smaller than my own, She's stunning, she's in her mid twenties... they talk to her in one of those one-on-one camera moments and in the 45 second clip she both states that she's fat, and that she's old... because girls her age, if they havn't made it already, quit, since their best years are gone. (she's like 25)

it breaks my heart.

also, by her reasoning I am also fat, old and a side of beef... Hey, wait, did I miss that memo? which one of you is deleting the messages off my phone?! (ha ha)

let's contact her after they kick her "fat" and "old" ass off the show, because she is my favorite, and she is trying to win in a game where the winners are losers... and she won't win, because that's the politics of "beauty"... and human isin't going to be good enough for the people who already call her a side of beef.

with love,
the short, fat, and old side-o-beef
Jennnnnnnnermerfar
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Monday, February 7th, 2005

Posted by:jennifwr.
Time:9:06 pm.
Mood:determined.
HI EVERYONE!!!

Okay so as most of you know I sort of have this (almost obsessive) need for amusing stuff, (It's the ADHD, My blessing and curse it would seem) anyways we know that look for weird magazines, books, music, items, images etc etc... and to be fair I am pretty fucking good at finding stuff by now... This leads me to what I found today... So there I was digging through the magazine rack in the back of the bookstore during my hour between class, loking for something interesting to read before tutorial that wasn't my actual homework.. and I found this crushed underneith some heavier magazine. The cover was creased over, and I thought it interesting because it has that Paleolithic 'Nude Woman' statue on it, that all the controvery revolves around, because it was called "venus" for a long ass time, because they immediately thought that it had to represent fertility because it was "fat", even though the "fat" stomach part doesn't extend like a pregnant woman would... In anycase it's actualy recent technical name has been changed to Nude Woman (thank you Art Hirtory class...) Anyhoo, wow, I'm really rembling on here... OKAY. So the cover was folded over and I picked it up cuz that statue was on the cover and had I not already been sitting on the floor I may have fallen over...

BEHOLD!






NO WAY EH!!! So yeah it was the only copy even on the rack, and it has a list running down the cover that is quite similar to our own lists.. I am going to read much of it tonight. Finally my intense need to look at every magazine on a rack has payed off in a way that isin't just me having new and exciting things to cut up and glue to other things! *grins*

I also got a Venus Magazine with some interesting stuff inside, as well as an Ascent magazine on Yoga and self (because it has something on/by Bell Hooks in it and she's so interesting) but after flipping through it and reading the Bell hooks stuff I found an article on "Reaching in: How does the world around us influence our self-esteem? How do we recognise our own beauty?" and it looks like it's a pretty unique angle, so I'm excited about that. Once I'm done with these magazines I'll start passing them around. If everyone emails me their home addressed maybe I can throw photocopies of the articles in envelopes for people, or we can get some kind of comunal sharing dealie going on... Or we can just wait for other meetings and I'll bring a knapsack full-o-shyte like last time. :D

Oh-kay so I guess that be all from me. I really want tea and frankly (hey Shan, who is Frank by the way?) I'll be Frank, you be Steve... yeah, I'm going to make Tea, and then I'm going to watch cartoons and read until my wee head hurts from all this knowledge I'm about to ram in there in a less then graceful fasion..

hope everyone is well...
take care of eachother.

Love
Jennai
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Wednesday, January 26th, 2005

Posted by:jennifwr.
Time:12:44 am.
Mood: curious.
Hey, so I was thinking, as people doing a thing on body image, why don't each of us comment with 3 things at least that we love about our own bodies... you don't have to do it, I just thought it would be a neat excercise. :)

I'll do it too, but I'll put it in a comment... as the rest of you will... maybe.
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Tuesday, January 25th, 2005

Subject:From the creator of the Vagina Monologues
Posted by:germ_parvenu.
Time:4:09 pm.
" Ensler, the woman who transformed the vagina from a hushed "down there" into a marquee word that tumbles from the mouths of the highest-profile celebrities, has come to accept her private parts. But it was with some horror, she says, that she looked down at her "not-so-flat, post-40s stomach" and realized her self-hatred had simply crept upward. Thus was born "The Good Body," Ensler's new play about her own navel-gazing and the extreme efforts women make to shrink, starve, cover and fix their smallest imperfections. Her message? Learn to love your body, then get on with the bigger business of life." http://www.louisvillescene.com/2004/12/26/arts_spot.html
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Friday, January 21st, 2005

Posted by:jennifwr.
Time:9:03 pm.
Mood:determined.
So I was flipping around the Tv tonight and I stumbled upon this discussion taking place in Toronto about Male Body Image. It was remarkable. I wrote down everyone on the pannel and their job/specialty, as well as a point that lifted my eyebrow..
Notes from the TV spotCollapse )
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Thursday, January 20th, 2005

Posted by:jennifwr.
Time:10:57 pm.
Mood: cheerful.
Hi!!
okay, so I bought a "fitness" magazing yesterday. It is full of so many loaded terms, I can't read it for more than a few minutes at a time. They are handing this to us, wrapped in glossy paper.. I can't believe it. I'm going to buy one every few weeks, whenever there is a new one.
As well, I took a look in the drugstore on Campus today and I'm going to start keeping track of the magazine rack there. We are learning about this exact thing in my Fine Arts and Cultural Studies -- Arts and Ideas class... so it's like, perfect. I'll post what I notice once I've got a bit more stuff recorded.
I'm excited though. I'm going to scan some of the Plastic Surgery Propaghanda that I found and post it in here too.
AS WELL my Dad was kind enough to buy me the movie making blueprint book so that we can get some pointers, so everyone say "thank you Don" next time you see him... (ha ha ha) he also said that though he doesn't know the details of us taping people and stores and such, he is friends with an "entertainment lawyer" and he can find out for us as we get farther in, some specific questions if we compile a list or whatever... so that's good news.
Hmmm what else is good news... Oh in one of my magazines I got yesterday there is a brief interview with the girl that is the plus size model for the Dove campaign, and it says her full name and her day job and stuff, so I'm sure we could find her and talk to her. She says that when her billboard went up in Time Square that a man walked up to her and told her she was more beautiful than J Lo... I thought that was awesome.
Anyways I'm rambling and stuff... like I tend to do.. so I'm out.
Love you all mucho.
-Jennai
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Wednesday, January 19th, 2005

Posted by:derek_lappano.
Time:8:07 pm.
hey everyone,
I found this really interesting site online. Whether you agree with it or not, it's still a striking representation of people attempting to stop the stronghold that image has on our sulture and selves. This group can often come across as maybe being too ridiculous, but they seem to be able to fuse humour with a serious cause. Check it out... http://www.thegreysweatsuitrevolution.com
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Posted by:grapefruitvodka.
Time:12:37 pm.
SPEAKING of digital editing... play with this. It took me a while to figure it out, but it's worth it. And fun.

http://www.digitalretouch.net/

AND...http://homepage.mac.com/gapodaca/digital/digital.html
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Tuesday, January 18th, 2005

Posted by:jennifwr.
Time:11:58 am.
Mood: cold.
So. I just found a magazine on cosmetic enhancement in my house. The whole magazine! It was one of those "free to our customers" things at a salon JoAnn goes to down here, so I assume she just carried it home.. Inside however is like a multitude of useful slogans, ads, phone numbers, people who are raving about the work they've had done advancing thier careers, etc... I mean we could easily enough find these people. When Toronto One did a story on my Dad they found him by looking up his name in the phone book, calling and asking if he was the man with the story in The National Post... So if we look we'll find. I also thought, have we maybe sent letters to people like Pamela Anderston or any other famous "Body Image" people? What about Beer companies, since a lot of their ads tend to lean on the "bikini clad" woman? I don't know if that is what we are looking at with the documentary, but when was the last time you saw a chubby girl laying on the pool deck in a Molson ad? (I'm still suprised to see brutettes let alone anyone else... ) What about our good friends at Axe? Are we going to address the current trend in Sitcoms, with the beautiful skinny wife, and the fat obnoxious husband? I mean suddenly the public is being conditioned to accept the fact that after 3 or 4 kids a man might let his waist-line go... but that's okay cuz he's still a funny lovable guy... where as his tiny wife, she's expected to maintain her 22 year old looking figure.. It seems fucked up... Makes me miss Rosanne...

In anycase I'm just throwing out stuff that I thought on on my trip downstairs for coffee.

:)
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Monday, January 17th, 2005

Subject:basic premises...
Posted by:mouthofthemynx.
Time:7:50 pm.
Basic Premise for : Who Bought the Rights to Beauty?

 To call into question, examine, research and challenge the definition of ‘beauty’ as defined by the media today.
 To look to examples in the media of what this ideal ‘beauty’ looks like in both male and female cases
 To experiment personally with how easy it is to use technology to attain this standard of ‘beauty’ through editing and manipulation
 To examine companies and industries who have embraced beauty in all its forms and why they felt compelled to do this
 To examine industries that profit from this definition of ‘beauty’ [ie: music industry, clothing industry, personal care industry, Hollywood etc.]
 To work directly with people whose entire lives involve this standard of ‘beauty’ whether in their professional or personal lives.
 To discover whether or not this ever narrowing definition of beauty does in fact have effects on human beings in any form [increased eating disorders statistics].
 To reveal to people that it is not too late to change this definition, to open our eyes, to refuse to support companies and industries that feed us such negative images and concepts.


Segments
 Photo Shoot: With the aid of a trained photographer we will be photographing a shoot with women [some of us and personal friends] ranging all different shapes and body sizes. We will be wearing bathing suits or lingerie, much like one would see in Maxim or FHM magazines. We will be positioned suggestively and in particular ways also like Maxim. The photographer will be explaining as we go, during the photo shoot the specific techniques used to have a body appear a certain way. We will also follow to the editing process where we will ask the editor to augment the image to be the ideally ‘beautiful’. This will allow us, as well as the viewer to see just how easy it is to create a ‘pin up’ whether the subject actually exists in that form or not.

 Exotic Dancers: We wish to do a Polaroid photo shoot with strippers who respond to an ad placed. We want them to be in their bathing suit/underwear style clothing much like they would be at the club at which they work. We then want to take polaroids of them individually [this way there are no negatives] and are comfortable shooting them from the neck down if it makes them more comfortable. We then would ask them to put their first name, the date, and one thing they wish people knew about them on the white strip along the bottom of the picture. [ie: Kathy, 26, I won a spelling bee in grade 3]. This will serve many purposes, it will allow us to reacquaint the woman with the body, and it will remind us she is more than just how she looks. We also wish to conduct interviews with some of them, asking how it feels to work in an industry based around image etc. Though this may be the riskiest part of the project, we also feel it has a lot of merit.


 We would like to interview average men and women and ask them questions about how body image affects their daily lives. We would like to interview them in many different places: gyms, fast food restaurants, clothing stores, salons, campuses, malls, walking down the street. This way it will allow us to best get an understanding for every day people’s reactions to being asked about their body or what influence the media has on their body.

 We want to visually examine advertisements, billboards, mannequins, music videos, commercials, sitcoms, movies, magazines etc. and look for patterns when it comes to what is considered attractive for males and for females. This will further argue that there is in fact a very narrow, particular definition of beauty which we are all falling victim to. And it may also allow people who never considered it this way to see it for the first time.

 To attempt to contact, interview and challenge companies who profit from our insecurities, who continually push this standard of ‘beauty’ onto every man and woman of the world. It is our hope that they will consider our documentary something they too can learn from and will cooperate with us to better understand where we are coming from.

 To interview and extend gratitude to companies that are calling into question companies much like we are, and adopting their own beliefs of what is considered beautiful. It is our hope these companies will consider this a union in which we can all support each other. Companies like this deserve to be rewarded immensely for being so brave in an industry with very little variation from the ‘norm’.

 To research through interviews, scholars and publications whether or not there are any major trends noted thanks to this explosion of this standard of beauty. These interviews will include scholars, experts, artists and some field study of average people as mentioned above. We have a contact list with which we are reaching out to those on it and asking them for their support.
 To find examples of groups, companies, people, organizations, artists etc. who are going against the grain and challenging the idea of ‘beauty’ being only this way or that. This is intended to show that this fight is not hopeless by any means, but full of possibility if people will simply change the way in which they think.

***

I guess the next part is basically assigning roles to each person. Just to get a sort of more organized approach. I think this can be done the weekend of the 28th when everyone comes here.
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Posted by:mouthofthemynx.
Time:3:52 pm.
Dove wants us to do an interview.... EeeeEeeee!!
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Tuesday, January 11th, 2005

Posted by:jennifwr.
Time:11:28 pm.
Mood: contemplative.
So I've never posted in the comunity yet, but I was thinking about what kind of a definition of body image are we talking about?

I was reminded as I drove past the "now hiring" sign in front of licks for the 300th time since the day I walked out of there when they told my that my appearance was not appropriate for me to retain my job, and as usual I smiled because when I walked out the door, (a perfectly capable, university student who would have been one of the most polite, well spoken, and speedy employees they may have ever seen) that "now hiring" became perminant. I mean they are so hung-up on looks and the appearance of their staff that I was denied a job because of 6 holes too many in my ears, which were described as repulsive and discusting by the managment. I am not sure if it applies to the project, but I do believe that times are changing when it comes to acceptable appearance, because I gaurentee you that if they removed their policy about piercings, they'd be able to take the sign down tommorow. I mean think about it, Hollie, Shannyn, Tiff, Myself, Derek, Tyler, Justine, Ryan, Marie, and probably 10 or 12 other, wonderful, smart and capable individuals would be turned away before they spoke a word, based upon the jewlery they wear above the shoulders...

I remember Shan and I practically decaring Sanctuary in a Tattoo Parlour in Surfers Paradise, because it was like walking into a little room of sanity, where we weren't hit on, or talked down to, or make to feel akward, or teased about our accents. Seriously, 3 of the nicest people from our whole trip were sitting in that shop, and even one of the guys in there talked to shan and I about how when he was young he tattooed onto his hands and they couldn't get a job anywhere. He said they were the only tattoo's he regreted, and it's weird, because his regret wasn't personal, it was because the choice to have tattoo's where he did was deemed unacceptable by society, and as a result he has suffered for it.

I maintain that I will tell my kids that there is nothing wrong with tattoo/piercing parlors, and if ever someone sketch is following them in a strange city, they should just duck inside and browse around... because there will be big nice intimidating people inside they can get some help from. :)

~Jennai
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Subject:fuck yes...
Posted by:mouthofthemynx.
Time:10:58 pm.
Think for yourself
Question authority

Throughout human history, as our species has faced the frightening,
terrorizing fact that we do not know who we are, or where we are going in
this ocean of chaos, it has been the authorities, the political, the
religious, the educational authorities who attempted to comfort us by
giving us order, rules, regulations, informing, forming in our minds their
view of reality. To think for yourself you must question authority and
learn how to put yourself in a state of vulnerable, open-mindedness;
chaotic, confused, vulnerability to inform yourself.

Think for yourself.
Question authority.

-Timothy Leary
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