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Originally posted by Black Viking:
Okay ladies, I have a question about this. I understand that mainstream media is powerful, but I've never felt that it controlled what I considered to be beautiful, or what I was attracted to.


I think if we really thought about it, we might be surprised at how much our perceptions are media influenced.

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The media tells me that ultra-thin women are beautiful, but I find them sickly. Physically, I'm attracted to healthy women. Too fat, or too thin, or too anything for that matter, is a turn off for me.


I'm the same way... I can't think of a single "supermodel" that I ever found very attractive - OK maybe Tyra Big Grin. The super skinny types have never done it for me.

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The other thing about the media, is that they are catering to the masses... and that ain't us! We're only 13% of the population.


We may not be the majority... but... we are the ones who really need to work on loving ourselves... and we are too hooked into the media.... white folk might have made hip hop a billion dollar industry .. but we're the ones who are hurt by placing too much coin in the world of pimps, bitches, and hos.... see xxGambitxx's new thread .

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Now, I know I'm preaching to the choir here. But, knowing what you know about the media, why is it so hard for you to ignore?


This is a question I ask myself all the time... But I'm someone who doesn't watch TV (at all). I got rid of my cable 6 years ago and haven't looked back. I also very rarely listen to radio. My info comes from books, word of mouth, and my favorite internet venues. I only listen to music that I like... and can completely tune out the world if I choose to.

So I'm perpetually amazed at people who complain about TV, or the movies, or music, etc.

PS: Though I've never been a fan of supermodels, interestingly enough, since I unhooked myself from the Matrix, I've found that my concepts of beauty have become that much more flexible.
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