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The Lesser Known Obama

[Edited to correct opening sentence and title. There don’t seem to be “a lot” of McCain supporters talking about this, as I had originally stated. My apologies for the mistake.]

It seems that a few McCain supporters are jumping at the chance to use George Obama’s life in Kenya for the purpose of attacking Barack Obama’s character. How can he abandon his own brother, leaving him to suffer in poverty while he lives like a king? What a hypocrite, some are saying.

Some of the stories would lead the less skeptical among us to believe that Barack has turned his back on a starving man in poor health who has no-one; that George begged for help and Barack kicked him instead. Of course this isn’t what anyone is actually saying, but it’s the kind of picture some bloggers seem to be keen to paint.

Skeptic that I am, I had to see for myself, and here is some of what I found:

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Part Of The Problem

I came across a blog post this morning entitled Stop Drinking the Kool-Aid! In it, the author posts pictures of three runway models, and briefly mentions a Health Seminar held by The Counsel of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). The author goes on to talk about how too little seems to be changing within the fashion industry.

As a “plus-size” woman, I certainly understand the frustration of having Size 0 women worshiped as the ideal standard of beauty. The influence of today’s fashion industry on young, impressionable girls and boys, as well as adults, is unsettling, to say the least. What I found just as unsettling, however, were some of the comments in the above linked post.

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Celebrating Voluptuous Women

Ladyjaye75 posted this video on her blog, Dancing With My Mirror. Living in a culture that believes skinny = beauty, and often treats women who are bigger than a size twelve like they don’t deserve the air they breathe, I found this very refreshing.

One person commented that it’s just another instance of “women being objectified in the music industry”. While I understand how it could be perceived this way, I personally disagree. The “big girls” in the video are not being objectified in my opinion, but rather humanized and celebrated.

All too often, voluptuous women are ignored or, worse, sneered at while thin women are thrown in our faces and held up as the ideal standard of beauty. It’s about time they/we had our moment in the spotlight without being mocked.

Mika’s video, Big Girl You Are Beautiful is below the fold. I’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions.

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