Thursday, May 13, 2010

Raw and uncensored

Consider this:
  • 80% of American women are dissatisfied with their appearance.
  • Two thirds of women are so unhappy with their bodies they would undergo plastic surgery to achieve the perfect body. 
  • 51% of 9 and 10 year old girls feel better about themselves if they are on a diet.
  • Approximately 7 million girls and women in the U.S. struggle with eating disorders. 
  • Without treatment, up to 20% of people with serious eating disorders die.
Today bloggers around the world are taking off their makeup and revealing their real faces in an effort to show the world what true beauty looks like -- that beauty is not something applied on the outside to cover us up, but rather something that shines from within.  Hats off to Jodie for launching the idea.

I believe that beauty is love, integrity, honesty, compassion and generosity of spirit. I would rather spend one day with someone who is genuine than a lifetime with someone who wears a mask.

The earth didn’t quake last month when we showed some boob (well, maybe a little – sorry Taiwan, way to take one for the masses). I imagine it can handle our bare faces for one day.

Oh, and for those of you who clicked on yesterday’s post (Bloggers in the buff) and were disappointed to see it was about blogging without makeup, who took me to task because I talk up honesty and the genuine article and then posted a teaser title like that (hint, the readers I’m referring to here are not the ones with vaginas, they were very enthusiastic about the post), I’ll say this:

Fine then, you want the genuine article? Later this year I will start my own meme – Bloggers in the buff, the full monty. I expect the enthusiastic participation of everyone who took me to task. Whingers.

Anyway. Please show your support of the women participating today. Visit their links (go to Jodie's site for the McLinky), tell them how beautiful they are, stumble their posts. Because we are beautiful, all of us (even you whinging men).

This is me, first thing in the morning, mother, writer, workslave, soon-to-be-ex, incorrigible dreamer, afflicted with wanderlust, raw and uncensored.



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61 comments:

  1. Oh, you look great!

    Bloggers in the buff? Eeeeeeek!

    Thanks for joining in. This is fantastic!

    xxx

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  2. Beautiful. You radiate happiness. :)

    I think I'll give Bloggers in the Buff a miss... but I can't wait to see what the 'whingers' look like in the nude.

    Nude up boys! ;)

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  3. That was me commenting there. I don't know what profile it attached itself too. Must have got excited with the nude talk! :P

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  4. damn - totally forgot to stay away!!! I'll not be sleeping tonight!

    nice pic :-)

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  5. Looking great sweety! I'll be putting up my post tomorrow morning when I have some sort of light in the living room to take a pic on my iMac. ;)

    Full monty... not a chance in hell! ;)

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  6. Indeed beautiful, Lovely smile!

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  7. Full monty? No-one told mentioned that!

    I'll also be joining Marylin in the morning if no-one minds. If I took a pic now I don't think you'd be able to see me the lighting is so poor.

    You are beautiful.

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  8. Yeah, better go booze it up Glen, I'm tagging you in my meme when the time comes. You'll be harking back to your Navy days.

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  9. You look amazing! Great skin. :)

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  10. Since I don't wear make-up at all (due to allergies) I will continue to blog full FULL MONTY!!!!!
    it is 51 degrees here and I have had my air conditioner on full time since March. Whatever help me when it gets much hotter. and no there are no pictures, wouldn't want to scare and scar the delicate sensibilities of the masses with my 211kgs of loveliness!

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  11. Goddess. You forgot to add goddess.

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  12. You are truly beautiful, inside and out!

    Now here's my problem: all I have is a crappy cell phone camera and no one to take a shot except my kidlets. Do I dare???

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  13. Beautiful shot! Those stats are scary though. xx

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  14. @Teacher Mommy - do it! I had to take a picture of myself.

    @Lori, I stand corrected. Thanks for the comment love all.

    And WTH, I can't believe you guys aren't just jumping all over my meme...

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  15. Can't see myself doing The Monty, but the make-up, yes. Great post. Scary stats. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. total hawtness!!! that is all!!

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  17. Absolutely beautiful! You're so sparkly and charismatic!

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  18. Scary statistics :(
    However, not so scary photo! You have lovely, creamy skin!
    No memeing (made up word I think) me on the Full Monty!!
    xx

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  19. You look gorgeous, you have great skin! But blogging in the buff, I don't think I'll be brave enough to join in on that meme!!

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  20. Beautiful, glowing and a stunning smile! Well done! And may I say, I think we are all amazing ;D

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  21. A great pic - bathrobe and all!! ;-P

    not up to the full monty just yet, but give me a month or two and we shall see!

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  22. @ActingLikeAMama Woot woot!! You'll notice I made vague promises for sometime later this year...

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  23. Keep it vague, babe...'cos I think I'll be busy that day. ;) (re Full Monty)

    But happy to come see your glowing gorgeousness, all fresh and peachy in the morning. I didn't dare take mine that early...my eyes would still have been slits!

    Amazing, the light this meme is shining on how we see ourselves against how others see us. It's awesome!

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  24. FAB idea! and you're beautiful.

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  25. My face full Monty...I will have to accept it and take that pic....then post...

    You look Radiant...what do you mean by soon to be ex?

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  26. you look fantastic - yay for joining in

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  27. I am loving this idea (found out about it here first - BTW), and yes I've linked on Jodie's site. Thanks for your visit you beautiful nekkid blogger! :)

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  28. You look great- I think this idea has been a fantastic one!

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  29. At the risk of repeating... you look great!

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  30. Great pic. I'm so glad we did this, it's refreshing.

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  31. Also, I didn't know where else to send this. Your comment on my blog yesterday?. Meant so much to me, honestly. I was second guessing myself for posting it at all as noone at all said a word, not even my regulars. Thank you for being so sweet.

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  32. The episode of "Glee" last night here featured the generously proportioned cheerleader (sorry - first time I've watched the show; don't know the characters) sang "We are beautiful, in every single way". Lovely photo.

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  33. Looking fab as usual!! love the smile

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  34. You are Beautiful!
    Happy #BloggersWithoutMakeup Day... you do look stunning wearing only that smile !

    Lol I wanted to title just me naked in shower ( I took my pic there today in front of the mirror ...but I'm not that kind of girl who wants those kind of peeps)

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  35. I prefer my wife without makeup. She looks like the girl I met all those years ago.

    With it, she looks like a carbon monoxide poison victim. Still a cute one, of course - just not like HER. :)

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  36. Oh!!! my cat lady.... you are a really beautiful woman.... and a divine smile

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  37. your forgot to mention very very beautiful in that list.

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  38. You are gorgeous! I'm totally loving all of this Blogging without Makeup!

    Also, just wanted to add a little note that these statistics that you posted truly make my heart ache. I wish I could send a hug out to all of those people, letting them know they are beautiful as they are.

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  39. Tried to post a comment earlier but the computer wouldn't take it. I was determined to come back!!

    Beautiful post. It's what's on the inside, and you've got it in spades. Like we talked about offline, we'll show by example.

    Yet Kristin, I love you without makeup and all, but that day in the buff?? Well, let's just say I'm not quite ready to go there....

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  40. It has been fun going on a world tour of naked faced bloggers!

    You look marvelous!

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  41. Great shot gorgeous! Love those smiling eyes.

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  42. Thanks for visiting my blog & commenting on my 'bare all' post too :) Your photo is lovely...you look so fresh for first thing in the morning...gorgeous! Claire ;o)

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  43. You look just beautiful with no makeup! Seriously!

    I'm enjoying seeing everyone sans the makeup!

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  44. First thing in the morning, and no black circles under your eyes? Very, very jealous. You look fantastic.

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  45. Your post made me smile! LOVE the idea of making the whingers join in the *real* Full Monty-style blog meme later in the year ;)

    You are beaming first thing in the morning. I want what you're having! You look beautiful.

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  46. You look JUST like my Aunt. (Who is beautiful.)

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  47. You look wonderful. Truly happy.

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  48. You look gorgeous! Such a beautiful smile.

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  49. Oh, just so lovely - and such pretty coloured hair!

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  50. Beautiful you! I'm not so keen on the "in the buff plan" LOL but this one was fun!
    x

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  51. Damn you look gorgeous! You make me want to go get some cream or something and start working on me wrinkles...radiance to die for!

    I internet browsed in the buff once. I'd just had a spray tan and was 'drying off' and sitting in the chair by the computer in the kitchen. Had no idea that hubby had left the side gate open so his gardener cousin could come check out our patch of backyard. I didn't know until he walked past the kitchen window that is.....

    *breathes deeply at the memory*

    BUT with locks on gates I'm definately nodding head in agreeance on the whole blogging in the buff suggestion. I'm in :)

    xx

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  52. Loved this idea so much too, looking forward to seeing us all in the buff next year again ... btw your post on BlogHer is great too.

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  53. @Dovic, I think that might have been worth it just to have the story to tell! I'm sure it was worth it for your gardner. ;-)

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  54. Thank you everyone for the beautiful comments. I'm glowing from all the comment love!

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  55. Great pic. Just found you via Mummy Mayhem. Loved the positive words in your profile. :)

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