It is interesting when two friends blog about the same issue on the same day.
They have both written thoughtful insights so I won’t add much except for two thoughts:
- While the Dove campaign is targeted at women, men would do well to learn this lesson from it as well: Images of women are not reality; rather, they are usually the result of Photoshopped and manipulated pixels. [think of the implications this has regarding p0rn]
- I always get kinda nervous when we talk about “self-esteem.” [Dove has a “self-esteem fund”]. I’m far more comfortable with “self-significance”, but poor self-esteem just seems like flip-side of pride. Both are me-centered: pride says, “I’m so great. Look at me!”; poor self-esteem says, “I’m so bad. Poor me.” It seems to me we ultimately need more God-esteem (which would then boost our self-significance).