I say this to draw attention to the myriad of other tampered with arts we’re exposed to.
Music, photographs (landscapes, seascapes, food and just about everything else), most of what we watch on TV… Why is the biggest focus a) women b) the fashion industry?
Who out there has listened to Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Little Mix, Ollie Murs? You’d think they were machines. You never hear them take a breath!
What is it about the manipulation of images that so disturbs us? And as some reader gets set to blame eating disorders on these false images, does it work the other way? Surely the problem is that the nation/world is getting bigger? How does that make sense?
It’s the focus on the visual that irks. Because we can’t trust what we’re seeing? Because we then feel unsure about everything we see? Because that makes us feel insecure? Doubtful? Does it make us question reality?
Long talks can be had about the ‘reality’ of what we see with our own eyes anyway. How can we know what we see is what our friend sees? Aaaah…
And if we venture into the realms of writing… well… how many first drafts of anything do you see published? How many would you want to see? I’d be mortified if my scatty, illegible, incomprehensible jumble of thoughts were published ‘as is’. (No, this is an edited version you’re reading…)
We seem to have turned into hypocritical purists. Images must be raw, as they come out of the camera.
OK. Is the model allowed to wear makeup, have their hair tonged or straightened, adjust the light so it doesn’t show his/her under eye shadows? No? How far do we take the purity of the image? Make-up and hair products already alter our own images; we’re not so rigid about that though.
High heels, body shapers, false eyelashes… I just wonder where the high and might stance to photoshopped female models gets so radical.
It just feels like a new hobby horse. Yes, the fashion now is for flat tummies and long legs. But does this obsession in the fashion industry have a real impact on us? Would we complain if bodies were busty, rounded and fuller? Would that make the slim women upset as they were naturally slim? Probably?
We forget that eating disorders are mental illnesses, not whimsical dieting fads. The sooner we understand this, the more a sensible approach to both image manipulation and eating disorders is found.