Flimsy Sanity: Sad but True

Flimsy Sanity

In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Sad but True

Raising a secure daughter is a challenge, no doubt. This Dove ad on self-esteem is pretty powerful.


  • At 1:52 PM, Anonymous RJ Adams said…

    Yes, sad but true. Call me cynical but isn't the Dove 'campaign for real beauty' just a marketing manager's wet dream for selling Dove products? We all know about the beauty jungle out there. Isn't Dove just another predator that's found a novel way to stalk its prey?

  • At 6:51 PM, Anonymous CV Rick said…

    Nice ad. I think I'm going to point Rose over here to look at it.

  • At 1:07 AM, Blogger a rose is a rose said…

    rose happens to be at work where they have blocked youtube (i'm guessing this contains a youtube video). so, rose will look at it when she returns home tonight.


  • At 2:58 PM, Blogger a rose is a rose said…




    sure dove wants to sell stuff. they want to make TONS of money. however, i don't recall any OTHER mainstream ads that had real women in them. all colors ALL sizes IN THEIR UNDERWEAR. that to me made big points. but this is JUST AMAZING.

  • At 4:19 AM, Blogger Flimsy Sanity said…

    RJ: Even ugly people bathe and actually that is a bigger market than the beautiful people ones.
    CV: Yeah, I think they did an excellent job of it - I especially liked how the beginning was so slow paced and the other so frantic.
    Rose: Hi - I see you over at that excellent Ninja Writer site.

  • At 9:36 AM, Anonymous RJ Adams said…

    Sorry, it leaves me cold. Maybe I've just become too cynical, but this one smacks of the Phillip Morris, "Let's all give up smoking" campaign.

  • At 10:31 AM, Blogger Flimsy Sanity said…

    You are right, RJ. What isn't a direct push for more money is usually public relations to improve one's image. Beauty for women and sports for men are tremendous sources of moola.

  • At 1:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I've long harangued against the propoganda levelled at young teenaged women by the fashion, beauty and health industries (can't we just come up with one word for all of them, like 'the vanities'?)...

    but implicit in this is the choice these women have to make within themselves to either follow the noise or use their own common sense. A hard choice, i know, but an important one.

    I believe most women have the sense to overcome the swansongs of fashion.

    Propoganda like this also over-sexualizes men constantly, which is an injustice to both them and the people around them. In extreme cases, men could be incited to taking by force what the fashion industries tell them they are entitled to.

    Which leads me to my last point. What i find far more egregious than the ads put out by 'the vanities' is the incredibly huge amount of revenue generated by the movie industry presenting the erroneous assumption that volumes of beautiful young women exist only for the purposes of rape and homicide. Assaulting and killing beauties in the cruelest, goriest, and most violent way possible has become an accepted entertainment venue, to the extent where nobody even bats an eye if such things happen in real life.

    And this might be the most unacceptable 'fashion statement' of all, that women dress only to be killed.



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