I've wanted to start a blog on Red Room ever since I learned that members can post blogs. However, I don't have a good current picture of myself right now. I've never been fond of getting my picture taken. I've always envied women like Princess Grace, Audrey Hepburn, Oona Chaplin, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. I ask you, have you ever seen a bad picture of one of these ladies? I don't think so. I even hate getting my picture taken for my gym membership card. After several tries, the YMCA girl said: "You don't like getting your picture taken, do you?" I almost wanted to say to her: "You just figured this out?"
However, there are things to be blogged about. And the picture book My Beautiful Mommy is begging for it.
When one hears the title of My Beautiful Mommy, a person might think: "Awww.... That's so cute. A kid thinking her mommy is beautiful." Um, nope, that's not the message. The story of My Beautiful Mommy is a mommy decides that hey, those stretch marks have to go. So she tells her kid "As I got older, my body stretched and I couldn't fit into my clothes anymore. Dr Michael is going to help fix that and make me feel better." Mommy is also going for a nose job as well, telling Daughter:" ...not just different, my dear -- prettier!"
Now I don't want to sound like one of those people who preach against Harry Potter but hasn't read the Harry Potter books, but I'm just going to say it: What the bleeping hell? What are we teaching children, especially our young girls? I have a four year old niece and I would rather have her read The Story of O than My Beautiful Mommy.
The book was written by Dr Michael Salzhauer, who-what a surprise-is a plastic surgeon! I'm shocked. I thought for sure Judy Blume wrote this one, or maybe Charlotte Zoltrow. Apparently, women are going in for "mommy makeovers" trying to fix drooping breasts and floppy tummies. I have nothing against plastic surgery. I'm against telling a child, especially a girl, after a surgery, she'll be prettier. It comes from within. It comes from what you do, not what you look like.
Now I’ve done it. I went off on the book without reading it. All I can tell you is this: I will get my picture up soon, I will not get this book for my niece, and sometimes, it’s not a good idea for a six year old knowing what a tummy tuck is.
Causes Jennifer Gibbons Supports
Gilda's Club, Greenpeace, Rosie's Broadway Kids,Westwind Foster Family Agency, Amber Brown Fund, Linda Duncan Fund for Contra Costa Libraries