Did anyone watch that programme with Sherrie Hewson that was on the other night? She took part in this experiment whereby she and 100 women were given a clicker and each time they had a negative thought about their physical appearance or self in general, they had to click. When the results came through I found them to be particularly disturbing. On average each woman made 252 clicks a week, so that makes 36 a day. Sherrie herself made 'only' a staggering 1,400 clicks and she thought this was good!
The show was particularly concentrating on how women feel as they get older. It was pointing out another criteria the average woman must fulfill. Not only are we meant to successfully juggle children, be wives, have a full-time job, do housework, be a lady in the street and a freak in the bed etc - we must also perform a miracle! To stop the ageing process!!!!
What the hell else are they gonna come up with? Now we aren't even allowed to grow older?? This constant pressure on older women to aspire to look younger drives me mad! On top of everything we aren't even allowed our right to grow old? It's sickening. I've always maintained that when my hair turns grey there's no way I'm dyeing it. I'm embracing old age all the way. It's a part of life, surely there is beauty in the ageing process? And I don't only mean physical. Am I the only person that sees this? Mind you if women were happy with how they looked then massive cosmetic companies and fashion houses wouldn't make any money would they. MEOW!
Mind you I'm only 24 so wait until I'm 59 and maybe I'll fall to the pressure. I already fall to the pressure, I look at my stomach in the mirror everyday and wish it was as flat as Cheryl Cole's.
Even though the show was really interesting the ending bugged me. It ended up with Sherrie saying 'so we really must find out why women feel so bad about themselves.'
I like you very much Sherrie but open your bloody eyes! It doesn't take a genius to figure it out! Just leave your house!! It'll take you five minutes until you see an advert somewhere of some hot naked airbrushed beauty advertising windows (I actually saw this ad on wednesday in Eastbourne, I shit you not, I want to go back and take a photo of it) to make you want to press your clicker with gusto! THIS was the point I made in a blog a couple of months ago - we're so blind to these images we don't even notice the subconscious affect they're having on us.
Just leave us women alone, let us get older, let us have flab and stop using our arses and tits and deliberately creating insecurities in us to sell your products.
p.s. I think the campaign from the programme was called 'think it, click it' but when I googled this nothing came up so if anyone else knows can you let me know, I would be fascinated to find out more about it.