Gentlemen. This is what rape culture is like:
Imagine you have a Rolex watch. Nice fancy Rolex, you bought it because you like the way it looks and you wanted to treat yourself. And then you get beaten and mugged and your Rolex is stolen. So you go to the police. Only, instead of investigating the crime, the police want to know why you were wearing a Rolex instead of a regular watch. Have you ever given a Rolex to anyone else? Is it possible you wanted to be mugged? Why didn’t you wear long sleeves to cover up the Rolex if you didn’t want to be mugged?
And then after that, everywhere you go, there are constant jokes about stealing your Rolex. People you don’t even know whistle at your Rolex and make jokes about cutting your hand off to get it. The media doesn’t help either; it portrays people who wear Rolexes as flamboyant assholes who secretly just want someone to come along and take that Rolex off their hands. When damn, all you wanted was to wear a nice watch without getting harassed for it. When you complain that you are starting to feel unsafe, people laugh you off and say that you are too uptight. Never mind you got violently attacked for the crime of wearing a friggin time piece.
Imagining all that? It sucks, doesn’t it.
Now imagine you could never take the Rolex off.
Brazilian agency Star Models sponsored a creepy series of anti-anorexia ads that feature a fashion sketch next to a real human Photoshopped to have the same proportions.
It’s the standard blame-game: Designers complain that model agencies only sign really thin girls, while modeling agencies say that designers only make tiny sample sizes. Whose fault is it that fashion imagery consists overwhelmingly of abnormally tall, extremely slender people? It’s not clear cut.
It’s also unclear whether these ads, which were posted on Copyranter today, are meant to target girls who are already models or just normal, non-model women. If it’s the latter, they could just as easily juxtapose a picture of a runway model next to one of the average female and change “YOU ARE NOT A SKETCH” to “YOU ARE NOT A MODEL.” But no modeling agency is going to do that, obviously, because then everyone looks bad — including the normal woman. And thus, the villain is everyone and no one, and the relationship between the fashion industry and distorted body image remains at a stalemate.
Gallo pinto and queso fresco with avocado, cherry tomatoes, and greek yogurt.