Karen Swallow Prior
April 30, 2013
This was a great article! I loved the line "you are so, so much more than beautiful!"
Thank you! I thought that line was so powerful, too.
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.
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!
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!
You're welcome! And thank you for reading and commenting.
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!
Amen, Tim! Thank you!
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.
That's an excellent connection, Joshua. Thank you.
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