Words to Live By
Editing is my life. Writing is my dream. I am forever trying to switch that order.
Because I am SO tired of that freaking Kate Moss quote. Your "thinspiration" will make you sick and unhappy. STOP PINNING IT. [AMEN to this!!]
We've all seen this image. I'd love to see millions of women honoured by relaunching the doll. FUCK MATTEL. The late Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop, wrote in 2001: In 1998, The Body Shop debuted its self-esteem campaign, featuring the generously proportioned doll we dubbed “Ruby.” … … Ruby was a fun idea, but she carried a serious message. She was intended to challenge stereotypes of beauty and counter the pervasive influence of the cosmetics industry, of which we understood we were a part. Perhaps more than we had even hoped, Ruby kick-started a worldwide debate about body image and self-esteem. But Ruby was not universally loved. In the United States, the toy company Mattel sent us a cease-and-desist order, demanding we pull the images of Ruby from American shop windows. Their reason: Ruby was making Barbie look bad, presumably by mocking the plastic twig-like bestseller (Barbie dolls sell at a rate of two per second; it’s hard to see how our Ruby could have done any meaningful damage.) I was ecstatic that Mattel thought Ruby was insulting to Barbie — the idea of one inanimate piece of molded plastic hurting another’s feelings was absolutely mind-blowing.