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Dove’s beauty campaign and the danger of always looking at ourselves

Karen Swallow Prior

Esther Aspling
April 30, 2013

This was a great article! I loved the line "you are so, so much more than beautiful!"

http://forthisisthetime.blogspot.com/

Karen Swallow Prior
April 30, 2013

Thank you! I thought that line was so powerful, too.

TimF
April 30, 2013

Nice job, Karen. One other thing about self-objectification is that it means we are treating ourselves as objects. God, on the other hand, treats us as beloved children. We are children of a loving Father who not only <i>thinks</i> we are beautiful but who <i>knows</i> we are truly beautiful because of the beauty of Christ.

Cheers,
Tim

Jamie Hanauer
April 30, 2013

Sometimes I can't figure out why, when something is supposed to be good (such as the Dove campaign), I'm still uncomfortable with it. I think this sums it up. Thanks!

Heidi Fogle
April 30, 2013

I'm going to have to ponder that last line. I'm not sure I get it. I guess I see beauty in 'nature' and it's an iconic reminder of God that takes my admiration and focus to Him, but with all beauty? I guess I don't. I have to ask myself why.

I agree with the rest of the post on a visceral level. Thank you for saying this!

Karen Swallow Prior
April 30, 2013

You're welcome! And thank you for reading and commenting.

Karen Swallow Prior
April 30, 2013

Jamie, this was exactly my own experience when I saw the video. I wanted to like it but something seemed off. I really had to think it through to write this. Thanks for reading and commenting!

Karen Swallow Prior
April 30, 2013

Amen, Tim! Thank you!

Josh Pease
May 2, 2013

I remember this scene In C.S. Lewis's Sci-Fi book "Perelandra" where the "Eve" of a different planet is slowly being drawn toward making the same mistake as OUR Eve.

One step on this path is that planet's "serpent" giving the woman a mirror to look in, taking her attention away from the joy of living free of self-consciousness, from enjoying the act of living, from being in relationship with God, and drawing her toward a preoccupation with herself ... it didn't really matter whether what she then saw in the mirror was good or bad. She was becoming her own god.

This obviously is a woman AND man's temptation ... but I loved that scene and your article (which was very well done) made me think of it.

Karen Swallow Prior
May 2, 2013

That's an excellent connection, Joshua. Thank you.

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