Friday, June 25, 2010

Happy Friday!

So I'm all over the news lately with this project, which is so weird for me. If you follow me on Twitter, then you already get my uncensored musings about why I probably think its best that major life transitions don't typically come with a voice in media. Anyhow, I've been busy enjoying the opportunity to spread the word about healthy body image, media bullshit, and why we need a broader definition of beauty. I won't bore you all with interviews, but feel free to Google stalk me. While I'm here shilling for myself (barf barf barf) I will also encourage you all to fan me on the social cesspool formerly known as Facebook. Now that that's over with...

Picture submissions have been steadily rolling in, with many more promised for the weekend! Here are some smile-makers from today. There are a bunch more over here at Flickr. If you are new to the blog, you can go here for a full description of the project. I'm about 2/3 through a massive post on alternative teen-friendly media. It's not too late to email me your suggestions. I'll try to get that up this weekend.

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  1. Fantastic. I can't wait to see what comes of it all. Great work.

  2. I agree wholeheartedly with the notion that men and women are more than the sum of their physical parts or their personal predilections. I believe that we're all special and made exactly as we were meant to be, warts and all.

    However, I don't see the point in looking down at the magazine or the beauty industry that you have used to make yourself somewhat internet-famous. I'd say you have plenty of vanity yourself, regardless of following the magazines instructions, which I find to be more about making yourself feel good than about pleasing others.

    Now, I must admit, I'm no feminist. I'm all for equal pay, but I embrace the gender divide and (generally) the expectations society has of each gender--although I hardly think women should be stuck in the kitchen, of course. I'm highly aware of the exceptions and accept those people wholeheartedly--having recently graduated from art school, I knew my share of those people.

    I digress. The point is, you just strike me as a bit, well, arrogant. I'm thrilled to see an educated girl putting herself out there, but I feel this project should have been a fun one, rather than some kind of semi-ironic 'I'm-vain-but-this-is-a-total-joke-you-guys' kind of attitude. One is allowed to enjoy dressing up and wearing make-up and being fluffy sometimes without compromising one's Deep Feminist Values.

    Isn't that what feminism is meant to be about? Women making their own choices about who they are and letting other women do that too?

  3. I disagree with some points of your post--I think that we all enjoy looking good and dressing up, and the point of this blog is not to ridicule those who do but rather to more critically examine the implications made by the mainstream media, and maybe draw connections between how we view ourselves and how society views us.

  4. Since when does a witty lampoon become an act of vanity? Stick to your style, Jamie. I'm very impressed.

    I have no idea how to photoshop words onto a picture, but I have some whoppers I can send, and maybe you'll just post them in mute testimony to your welcome jabs at a deserving target.

  5. I spent the last evening reading through the entries about your entire month - very entertaining and intelligent.

  6. I love this idea, and I'm deff participating!

  7. This has been a fantastic blog project and I've nominated you for a Kreativ Blogger award.

  8. I love the first picture submission it reminds me of my boyfriend. Seventeen always have young men who look perfect "head to toe" what about real young men seventeen?

    I enjoy reading your blog and congrats on graduating :] You made my day