In Defense of Beauty Redefined

A website has published a piece on why “Redefining Beauty Campaigns Won’t Work,” focusing specifically on LDS-oriented strategies, and citing our website repeatedly as they misrepresent and distort our years of work. This was only the first in a two-part series on the topic and their readers are commenting like crazy. In an attempt to defend our work to reclaim “beauty” for girls and women everywhere, we have responded here and in the comments of their piece.

We want to thank the author for not only bringing so much attention to our cause, but also for providing a forum for men and women to critically discuss these serious issues that affect everyone!

10 Responses to In Defense of Beauty Redefined

  1. Sunny says:

    Commenting like crazy? You’re comment was, what, number 25? Most of them had nothing to do with your research, but the ideas considered independent of you in the original post. Yours isn’t the only research listed. It’s uniqueness to the discussion comes in the LDS approach.

    I don’t know how that fares for your blog, but on By Common Consent 25 comments is just the appetizer showing up. Check back when it hits 100 plus. That’s where the action is.

    • Well, 50+ comments in the first two hours is pretty impressive to me! The post and comments feel very personal since our website was linked and cited twice, we were identified by our full names, our LDS Living story was quoted and our work was very blatantly refuted by the author, who said it simply won’t work. The author also grossly misrepresented anything we’d ever claim by saying we believe redefining beauty campaigns will “make eating disorders fade away” and directly linked that false quote to our website.

    • Juan G. says:

      Sunny, you seem to spend a lot of time on this site arguing about anything that you can find to argue about and it’s not taking you anywhere. At all. You have your opinions on self worth and how that needs to be redefined instead of beauty…or something like that, but it sounds like you’re pretty passionate about it, so why don’t you go ahead and start promoting your cause yourself now like the beauty redefined authors have? You’re obviously at a computer all day anyway so you don’t have a lot to lose in regards to time. Think about it. Or don’t. But either way, maybe you should find something better to do with your time than try to argue with people who are doing something good and productive.

  2. Emily says:

    As someone who actually reads your research in its entirety, I have to say that the article did in fact misrepresent your work and research. Since I have started following Beauty Redefined, I have let go of that illusive number the BMI told me I needed to be. I have started working out to keep my body in better health because my activity level was not where it needed to be — not because some fitness magazine guilt-ed me into feeling fat. Even my husband has started to look more critically of the ideals of women in the media and point out to me how out of wack they are.

    Lexie and Lindsay, you are two amazing women and the work that you have been doing is so important. I hope more people realize!

  3. Jill says:

    Opposition in all things. With every positive, there’s usually a negative. Someone who wants to pull you down. I think the research you have done is great.

  4. Laura Dahl says:

    Lexie and Lindsay, you are both amazing women who are proving that our girls are inundated with negative messages about their bodies and it is taking a toll on all women. I am a Mormon mother of two beautiful daughters ages 15 and 18. They are definitely influenced by these messages and they often hate something about themselves.

    I am also a well educated woman who understands that your research is sound. Although I may be biased as a fellow Ph.D. student, I am well versed in research methods. Your lives are devoted to sound research methods and you have found that negative messages do actually influences our daughters, sisters, and mothers to hate something about themselves. Thank you for all you both do!

  5. Brooke says:

    Congratulations on such good work for a worthy cause.

    I thought of a few things while I was reading your letter above.

    I agree that advertising and media set a completely unrealistic ideal for girls to try to measure up to, but I also feel that most girls-especially teens- live slow, sloppy, lazy lives. Our young generation is literally living off of complete junk food, and then they spend the majority of their day sitting on their rear ends- texting and hanging out on their online social networks. Many many many of the girls I know should be taking better care of their bodies. I feel like these girls with all the “troubles” mentioned above are being affected by the media, but SOME of them, not all, are setting themselves up for the “trouble.” So I guess what I’m saying is, even though advertised women are an absolute physical and sexual joke, people also need to take more responsibility for their actions and stop blaming all the consequences on easy targets.

  6. Cindy says:

    Lexie and Lindsey,
    It is obvious that you have done so much research on this subject. Not only have you done your research on the media, but on BMI. As an educated person in the fitness industry, I have read countless research on how being thin has far more health risks than being overweight. I also understand why you use the BMI in your research. True it is not an accurate number because it doesn’t take into account the things you mentioned, but it is a standard that is used by many health organizations (American Heath Association, World Health Organization, American College of Sports Medicine, National Sports, National Strength and Conditioning Association) because it is an easy number to calculate unlike body fat percentage.

    I have also come across a lot of research in my field stating that the images in the media are not ideal, and should not be the foundation for the goals women are trying to reach because they are incredibly unhealthy.

    I think the research you girls are doing is absolutely amazing, and as a health and fitness specialist, I find the research to be very sound. I’m so glad that you are standing up for women and showing that the media is corrupt, that we can be happy with who we are, and that “beauty” can be found beyond the Victoria’s Secret catalogue. Keep up the great work, girls!

  7. Jolyn says:

    I think that even though this comes across as a roadblock to what you are trying to achieve. I think it will actually bring some good attention to your cause. There are hoards of people that are open to hearing your message and would likely benefit from it. When they link over to your site, I think many will read and learn what Beauty Redefined is really all about (unlike M. Miles, the author of the BCC article). Press forward there are so many individuals out there that would be uplifted by what you are trying to accomplish.

    • Carolina W says:

      Hi Jolyn.

      I saw the comments that you left on the article written by M. Miles, and I just wanted to say how insightful you were about all of it. I too found it extremely out of hand for them to use Pres. Faust’s talk to discredit the work that the Kite sisters have been doing for so long. I was disgusted that someone who is an “lds believer” would criticize something that an anointed of God said while being guided by the spirit. It shows that they did not understand the context of that sentence and used it to prove a point that is absolutely wrong and misleading. So thank you for saying something.

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