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Killing Us Softly

Just another thought to bookend the complicated aspect of yesterday’s post on compulsive eating.  [Thanks, Kelly G.]

This is the trailer for Jean Kilbourne’s Killing Us Softly 4 DVD, which was just released.  She attempts to distill what advertising tells us about women–in about 5 minutes.  You can find other posts of hers on YouTube, if you’re interested.

Watch it.  It’s valuable…and disturbing.

It got me thinking.  How can I revise or change these messages for me?  For my daughter?  For my friends’ and their daughters?  More importantly, how do we raise sons in the midst of these lies?

What do you do when accosted by such imagery?

[Post image: Cindy Crawford comparison, as used in the Killing Us Softly 4 trailer]

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Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.
--Rainer Maria Rilke in Letters to a Young Poet

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