|Beware ageism, sexism, cynicism, skepticism...I will find you where ever you are...Some of you|
I will embrace, some of you I won't
I am realizing as I age, I have become very aware of various "isms". A hyper-awareness, really. My powers for sensing any of the "isms" borders on "Superpowers". This is especially true in regards to ageism, skepticism, cynicism, and sexism.
Thought Number One: What Were They Thinking?
So imagine my shock and dismay when I heard that Itunes pulled the app "Plastic Surgery & Plastic Doctor & Plastic Hospital" game off of their site. I wasn't shocked by it going away as much as I was shocked to discover it had existed and I had missed it.
It turns out that that this app was geared for girls NINE years old and older to "fix" the unattractive girl and make her more Barbie like. According to the games intro, it says "This unfortunate girl has so much extra weight that no diet can help her. Will you operate, Doctor?" Then the player gets to inject her with anesthetic, make incisions with a scalpel, and suck the excess fat from her body with what appears to be a bicycle pump.
|Already, I see a problem.|
|Lipo and a face lift...that is going to hurt|
|Really? They use a bicycle pump? Who knew???|
Who would of thought this was fun or appropriate for young girls to judge the girl as unattractive and then "need" to fix her? Evidently the creator, who is listed as Corina Rodriquez , thought this was a great premise for a game. The people at EverydaySexism weren't laughing and started a Twitter campaign to protest. Evidently, the public's disapproval resulted in the game being dropped.
I, absolutely agree with the EverydaySexism people, that there is a component of sexism involved with the game but there are a lot of other "nesses" and "isms" involved as well. I would say one of the biggest issues is the age inappropriateness with a dab of ageism. To me, it appears that there are a couple of issues with regards to age. The age of the "unfortunate" fat girl is targeted to a younger woman...the implication that women are not able to be anything other than young and beautiful.
Thought Number Two: Speaking of Age Inappropriateness
As all my readers know, I tend to be conflicted on most issues and aging and body image is currently resting smack-dab on the top of the heap of things that bother me.
|That is the complete list. Let me know if I left any out.|
In one breath, we are hearing more and more "experts" tell us we need to love our bodies and except ourselves for who we are. BUT, how is that possible when we are constantly bombarded by programming and marketing that reinforces that only young, perfect bodies are beautiful. I feel a pinch of hypocrisy every time a commercial comes on that talks about anti-aging products while the model who is smearing the miracle product on her face is still in her 30s.
I am all "in" on working diligently to ward off the effects of aging. Eating right...check! Exercise...check! But, let's be realistic. There isn't anyone that is going to look 30 when they are 70 or 80 even if they spend 100s of thousands of dollars on plastic surgery. Last week when Oprah turned 60, there were several interviews that claimed 60 is the new 40. One interviewer compared Oprah to a 30 year old. (can we say "suckup?) NUH-UH...60 is still 60. Some people carry it off better than others for sure....but a 60 year old has still been around for sixty long years.
Just this morning, I had a run-in with feeling my age....well actually I was feeling like a 7 year old in a time warp. I had to have a wisdom tooth pulled this morning. (I would say if there are numerous errors in this post, I might suggest that pain drugs are causing that....that's the excuse for today anyway.)
I haven't lost a tooth since I was a kid. In fact, it was so long ago, I don't really remember the last tooth that was pulled. Of course, on those teeth it was more the "wiggle, wiggle" bite into something and it's out...kind of deal. This time it was more complicated with an oral surgeon involved. Why my wisdom tooth decided to come in at this late date and start crowding the other teeth that had already staked their claim on my limited amount of gum real estate, I have no idea. That tooth, doesn't understand that coming in at this late date is not age appropriate. Guess we showed him.
|Do I get a lollipop after this is over? No ...not even a free toothbrush???|
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