I’ve been having a great training week so far; I really think those mini-goals are keeping me focused! Last night I was able to stop by the cemetery and visit my brother which totally made my week. I’ll have more about that on Monday’s recap. But today I want to talk about something that’s really been bothering me. Recently, the media has quite frankly been pissing me off. With all of the awesomeness that the 2012 Olympics brought there are still news agencies (TV, newspaper, magazines, whatever) that have to point out flaws. I mean these are kick butt, gold medal wearing Olympians and yet they’re still not good enough. WTH?!? A few examples:
Gabby Douglas was reamed by the media about her hair.
Melissa Franklin’s size 13 feet have been the butt of several media jokes.
Australia’s triple Olympic breaststroke gold medalist Leisel Jones has been criticized for her weight.
Let me mention again that these are gold medalists! The best of the best in the world and yet they’re not good enough? I get so tired of the media trying to force an ideal image on us. How boring would life be if we were all cut from the same cloth? *YAWN* And what really ruffles my feathers (oh yes, I did just say that) is that the media believes they actually understand beauty. While in reality, what they are doing is perpetuating a stereotype of beauty; causing unnecessary feelings of inadequacy in the ‘average Joe’ (or Josette, in this case). I can’t imagine how they would rip a person like me to shreds.
In honor of beautiful women, I’m having my first giveaway! The awesome girls behind Fit Approach also think every woman is beautiful and to celebrate that they sent me a pair of hot pink shoe laces so your shoes can be just as cute as you!
The rules are extremely simple: Tell me in the comment section what your most beautiful feature is and why. It can be physical feature or a characteristic. For an extra entry you can tweet about it; “I want to win #sweatpink laces from @asphaltnosher because I am beautiful!”. Just let me know you did by leaving a separate comment.
The contest ends August 24th at midnight (EST) and the winner will be chosen at random and announced Monday August 27th. Good luck!