Sunday, May 6, 2012
Penny Wise Pound Foolish
Clichés are a big no-no when it comes to writing, but how about turning one on its head. Take the title for instance. Easy to understand the meaning, but what if only half of it was about cash? The Darryl Roberts’ documentary America the Beautiful (a little slow, a little broad of a brush, but still powerful) talks about saving money on fabric and therefore models need to be thinner. The wise penny = lives on the edge of starvation.
Which consequently sets the standard for beauty. For everyone in electronic reach.
So here I am at 50 years old and wondering why I suddenly find myself struggling with body image issues. I thought I had done away with the media standard and forged ahead believing that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. Either I have developed a new neurosis or I’m finally up to really looking in the mirror – and not liking what I see.
Maybe it’s these damn peri, kinda, sorta, are we there yet-menopause hormones. Nah. While I would love to blame all the ills of my day on those fluctuating monsters, I can only go there for half. Okay maybe two thirds.
Whether this crap is new or old, it’s here and needs to be dealt with. Oh joy.