Media, pedia….


We don’t look like that, do we?
All tanned and toned and
perfectly honed, with matching
knickies, bra and socks…
No not socks, panty hose
swaying frocks, and perfect
thick, fine, curly, straight
long short, natural, dyed locks
And breath.
We don’t look like that. Do we?
Not naturally, surely.
Hell I’m all pale skin
curves not thin
odd socks, hipster pants
and runaway hair, tamed
and flamed, a wild mane.
I suppose I could change.
Paint away my creases
Click away my knobbly knees
Re-root my slither of silver strands
Start wearing, pink, frilly pants
matching lace bras and sheer tights,
nylons, pantyhose…I’d fill them with holes!
We don’t look like that,
really, do we?
Do we? Tell me, do we?
I suppose I could use
lotions and potions
rewind the motions.
such an odd notion.
To be something we are not,
or perhaps we are
perhaps I am wrong
I should adorn a thong
be smooth to the touch
hide away my blemishes
I should embrace the fuss…

…doesn’t really matter
what I think, we grade beauty on
personal perception,
do they think this is real? Banished blemishes,
smoothed out creases,
erased slithers of silver…

..men are daft,
surely, yes.
Do they really care?
Or are they
too busy
toning up
picking vests,
Oiling up
perfect six packs
combing through
Mc dreamy hair
trying also,
to be magazine
best.

Am I wrong?
Should I care?

Karen Hayward © 2018

In the link is 18 images of one woman, photoshopped differently according to culture…

It’s so easy to get caught up thinking women (and men also) look like the images in magazines, or that we should attain to look like them.

Media makes us ashamed of age, growing older, silver/grey hair, stretch marks, extra weight or untoned muscles, that we forget the simplicity of imagery….they’re just meant to look pretty.

Women (and men) do not look like this…but do we know this? Do they know this? Isn’t that where the insecurity lays?

Apologise.

Apologise? You want for me

to go down on bent knee

and apologise for what I believe?

You think that my ‘soft bleeding

heart.’ is the problem to this crisis

helping others increases economic prices?

Let me know how it looks up there

on your high fucking horse chair.

Go get your papers and feed your fucking mind

but careful, don’t ever question what you find.

Here, sheepy sheepy, come follow me

i’ll show you only, what I want you to see.

But of course it’s truth I have photo’s as well

and a clever little caption that really sells.

Go stereotype yourself along with the other clones

sit in your houses and do nothing but moan.

My opinion doesn’t count and neither does yours

we don’t get to choose when we fight in these wars.

I know i’m a minority, and I stand mostly alone

but at least I don’t believe, i’m worthy of a throne.

Apologise? For what? That I  believe that hate

breeds hate. I’m not willing to sell my humanity at the gate.

I discredited your words and gave you some facts

sent a storm right in to the middle of your pack.

I questioned your photo’s and laughed at the meme’s

yet still you scream, really you can’t see!

I don’t want to see what it is you believe

when constantly you say look please and see

and I wonder who it is that your debating alongside

the name callers I think must all run and hide.

Apologise? Never. My belief is my humanity.