Could not agree more. See yourself through your own eyes, not those of others.
I will not lie, without children and with minimal socializing, I do have the time/resources to live in a bit of an external artificially constructed bubble of beauty...but don't get the wrong idea about the peace in my house. There are mornings when there are plenty of dishes still left festering from the night before! Truth in advertising :) (Kirsten has a huge church dinner tonight. Right now in my fridge I have enough Spanish rice to feed 100 & butter cream frosting for 200 cupcakes!)
Forget the caption, there are a number of thoughts that come to mind with this image, in relation to beauty, sex, and social construction. First, that in some "feminist" construction, Beauty = Bondage. As if men cannot desire someone without objectifying and capturing her; chaining her to his idealized vision. Further, it plays out within construction of sex & violence - an idea that women constantly needing to break free of that oppression. I'd ask, who really applied the chains?
How to Stencil a Mirror - A Feminist DIY Craftivism Project
Movie: "The Stories We Tell" by Sarah Polley. A beautiful movie that unpacks individual and family narratives about family secrets. Offers some wonderful examples that show reality is a socially constructed phenomenon, embedded in relationships.
And causes muscular cramps, better known as duckface
Someone at my school posted messages of girl empowerment like this in the girl's restroom. They kept it anonymous. Despite the ridicule, and laughter even I took part in, I know that I, along with other girls deeply appreciated it. Thank you.