July 06, 2011

The Illusionists- Insecurity Sells

Tom and I spent the long weekend driving back and forth to our house on Pleasant Lake in NH to work on it. The kitchen  isn't installed yet or all the floors and baseboards, and there isn't any landscaping but we're getting there...

It wasn't our usual 4th of July weekend but it was really gratifying. We worked real hard, but the beauty of it was that when we got too hot or too grungey we could just jump off the dock into the lake and get rejuvenated. Plus it was fun having a picnic lunch each day with Mr. Fix-it- out on the back deck- on our only furniture, which are two white plaster buckets turned upside down. What is it about campy situations like this that I love so much? I honestly can't think of a better place to spend some time. Especially with a little chocolate in my nap sack.

I wish I had taken more pictures. Too busy being a task-master I'm afraid.

Anyway, today's post is about a documentary that is being made called The Illusionists. It is about the manipulation and exploitation of women’s insecurities about their bodies for profit. It's so great to see someone forwarding the conversation. I love how KICKSTARTER helps to get great projects like this the funding that they need. Thank you to Cynthia for sending this in.

Also my photos from The Revelation Project are done. They are not an illusion, no photo shopping of wrinkles and all the other untruthful editing that is thrown at us right and left, everywhere we go, all day long, week after week, year after year. No wonder we worry about measuring up. If you'd like to feel more secure about yourself, just as you are, The Revelation Project is a great place to start. They have nicknamed me The Reverend because for some odd reason when I showed up for the shoot it was in their contact information as my job title. No one knows why, but it stuck. It's kind of funny.

Enjoy these blissful days of summer, dear readers.
xo, Louise


  1. This whole subject makes me so sad. My 10 yr-old granddaughter just told me "I hate my hair." What? It's brown, nicely shaped. Thick, healthy. SHE'S TEN YEARS OLD. Her parents aren't in thrall to the culture of looks. She's well loved but not spoiled. It can only have come from the culture she has absorbed just being alive. I wonder when my other granddaughter, a 9-month old, will start to feel inadequately attractive! What to do, what to do????

  2. I am loving your blog. I do everything I can to shelter my own children from the craziness of our culture. I watched my KINDERGARTEN students obsess on the wildest things ten years ago and I swore that I'd do everything in my power to protect my own kids from my own issues. Now, for the first time in my life, I am comfortable in my own shoes.

    Your weekend sounds absolutely perfect, btw! Good luck with the house.

  3. Thank you Any Shiny Thing and Barefeet. We as parents, grandparents and friends of the younger generation can do and say so much to support them. It's a simple as gently setting the course straight when we hear them say insecure things about how they look. The most important thing is to stop saying berating things about ourselves in front of them, or in front of anyone. When we do it just continues the conversation.

  4. I really hope this film gets funded! I know that we all "know" we're being manipulated, but to know that all this self-hatred and loathing is in service to greed? GREED? Oh good lord. As my daddy always used to say, "Never hate yourself to make some asshole rich."

  5. I am really hopeful that the film will get funded. I can't wait to see it when it does. I hope every school system in America gets their hands on it and shows it as required viewing.