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Images on TV don't square with reality

Posted: October 14, 2012 - 12:01am

During the past few years, I have become something of a TV fanatic. However, there are some things I don’t quite understand.

A good many of the shows have women as stars, and these females always look good, as if they’ve just come from the beauty shop and spa. It doesn’t matter how many criminals they chase or how many times these criminals try to kill them, their hair and make-up are always perfect, not to mention their bodies.

How does that happen? I break out in a sweat just walking around the block one time. My hair is plastered to my face and, should I be stupid enough to wear make-up, it’s always running down my face. The eyebrow coloring is where my eyes are and the mascara is all over my cheeks.

It’s no wonder young girls starve themselves to be skinny, and they all spend a fortune on the newest foundation base and colors for eyelashes and eye shadows. If I were a teen-age girl in this day and age, I would go broke just trying to keep up with the newest styles.

Some of these TV shows even have the stars working out in a gym and they still look perfect. No hair out of place, no sweat on their foreheads, make-up perfectly in place and they’re so thin you wonder why they’re exercising at all.

I know there’s a big movement in America to stomp out obesity, and that’s a good thing. But wouldn’t it be better to show role models on TV with a little fat on them and, possibly, lose a little weight as the season goes on?

Obesity in our young people is a bad thing, but what’s also bad are the girls starving themselves and coming down with some sort of eating disorder that could kill them.

The same thing goes for the male stars. When most of them take off their shirts, all you can see are the washboard abs. It has to take hours and hours of exercise and starvation to build those things up. Now, I must admit that the men in starring roles are allowed to sweat a little, but just enough to look sexy. Apparently, sweat on a woman is not at all sexy, but on a man it’s required.

All these “beautiful people” on TV can sometimes make young people feel like beasts. That should not be the case, and I wish something could change in that respect. No teenager should feel unwanted, no matter what the reason.

Granted, some of these kids need to lose a little weight. But don’t make them feel ugly or unloved. They probably get enough harassment at school as it is. Don’t let that happen in the home as well.

I have been overweight all my life and know how these kids feel. Please let them know that you still love them but, for their health, they might need to drop a few pounds. Don’t ever neglect their feelings. It could well wind up in disaster.

(Pat Fickle is a Martinez resident.)

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soapy_725

a culture dictated by mass media

Show Over Substance is our new national anthem. Reputation over character. What others think about you is more important that what you are inside is a dangerous guideline for life.

We used to go to theaters or watch TV to be entertained. Now we view both to be indoctrinated.

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