Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Whale or Mermaid?

 If you're not on Facebook, you might have missed the whale vs. mermaid question that hundreds of thousands weighed in on last week. The conversation is too good to pass up and too appropriate for See Beautiful NOT to share. Alas, would you rather hold company with a whale or a mermaid. We'd rather frolic through the waves with whales. Yes, we would rather be a whale. What about you?

 By: Amy Shearn (Cross listed from The Oprah Blog. Originally posted here on 10/14/11.)

A friend’s “like” on Facebook recently caught my eye, in part because it was one of over 250,000 tiny thumbs up this particular post had gotten. What could be generating so much attention? I mean, how cute could this kitten video be? But no, the post was an image of a nude, gorgeous, full-figured model (you have to see the actual photograph; it’s just ravishing, and only slightly NSFW), and a personal anecdote.
The Facebook user was writing about a sign posted near the entrance of gym. The sign said: "This summer, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?" Here was one woman's response: "Dear people, whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, seals, curious humans), they are sexually active and raise their children with great tenderness...They are impressive and dearly loved animals, which everyone defend and admires.

Mermaids do not exist."
80,000+ comments follow, many quite passionate, with untold skirmishes and debates unfolding within the thread. How can it be that in this day and age, it’s shocking to say a woman doesn't need to be thin to be beautiful, to see a model who has some curves? And I’m not being PC in my language here—the model is not overweight, just a regular curvy lady who looks like a sleeker version of the bodies I see in the locker room at my gym (which is not fancy enough to feature any sort of metaphor-laden sign). It seems to me that the more actual women’s bodies we see, the more normal and accepting we feel about our own.
As the original post says, "At a time when the media tells us that only thin is beautiful, I prefer to eat ice cream with my kids, to have dinner with my husband, to eat and drink and have fun with my friends." Amen to that! And please, count me among the whales.
Another great post rehashing the question can be found on I Choose Love HERE.
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  1. So glad you re-shared this article.... Bring on the reality of life and health (esp. when compared to a nonexistence and.... a never to be achieved image - REALLY, who doesn't want legs????) - which causes frustration and a loss of self concept.....Just keep healthy and happy. Your day is ahead and so is the possibility of happiness and health. Go and embrace the day, all it's possibilities and most importantly...YOURSELF

  2. I LOVE this! What a great way of putting it all in perspective and seeing beautiful! Whales are my favorite animals- so beautiful and nothing better than watching them at the beach travel in their pack of friends. Thanks for sharing! :)


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