Interview with Revolution of Real Women Part II

Here is part II of my interview with Brianne Widaman. See part I just below this post!!

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JK: Especially for women, how do you think the media pressures society to look good?

RRW: We still live in a patriarchal society. No matter how far we’ve come to redefine what it means to be a woman, we’re still faced with stereotypes that seek to pigeonhole us and label us. As we’ve been asking for years, “Ever felt like you weren’t thin enough, pretty enough, athletic, tall, short, normal, curvy, sexy, smart, wealthy, successful or PERFECT enough?” We’re hit from an infinite number of angles to change ourselves to be more accepted by others and society. Men face these challenges in different ways as well, but when you have far more women battling potentially fatal eating disorders than breast cancer, you know we’ve got to wake up and fast.

JK: What can women, and everyone in general, do to avoid these societal pressures?

RRW: Media is not going to go away. In fact, it will likely only continue to grow in ways we can’t even imagine. That’s why it’s so important to infiltrate it now and CREATE the media we wish to see – more positive, diverse and realistic images of women in media. If we don’t get organized and DO something about it, the change isn’t going to happen. That’s where RRW comes in – we’re leading the way for an organized movement to finally do something about it.

It’s important to believe in yourself. Realize that so much of what we see in the mainstream is false, manipulated and created to make you feel inadequate. Don’t give anyone else the power to define YOU. It’s easier said than done, right? Baby steps are the most crucial part of this. As a movement, we will take baby steps and big steps together. It’s all a part of how serious and lasting changing comes to be.

JK: Anything else you can tell me?

RRW: I think it’s important to point out that both men AND women experience negative effects from mass media. Not only is there an increase in the percentage of men experiencing body-image issues and eating disorders, but they also have women in their lives, mothers, sisters, daughters, friends, girlfriends and wives who have a very wounded, distorted sense of self. They see how we allow it to control our confidence and ambitions. Something unique that we have chosen to include in our campaign are the voices, participation and concerns of men. Everyone must be represented at the table for this to really work.

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~ by jklein0414 on November 12, 2009.

One Response to “Interview with Revolution of Real Women Part II”

  1. Fabulous interview! Thanks so much for sharing.

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