For only $19.95, you can get 20% more self-esteem!

So today, I got a friend request on Facebook. I wasn’t sure if I knew this person or not because I know a lot of people on the interwebz and I never know if someone might send me a friend request and I also have a bad memory sometimes. So I accepted it just to see and I immediately got this message about how she saw that I was active on the Happy Bodies blog and all this shit and was eager to ‘share something with me and my group’:

Hey Ashley,

The Body Magic is manufactured by a company called Ardyss International. It is medical grade body reshaper, designed by an orthopedic surgeon and medical engineer. The garment corrects the posture, supports the spine, lifts the breasts, cinches the waist, plumps the rump, and creates an instant hourglass figure – no dieting, no pills, no surgery. The garment even causes the internal organs to return to their proper places internally! (I have MRI images that proved this to me!)

As for me personally – I got married last November and some how, some way gained 25 pounds! (my husband is such a spoiler) While my husband loves me regardless, and so do I, I wasn’t really pleased with how I suddenly looked in my clothes. After putting on this garment however, INSTANTLY, my body was transformed and I had an amazing figure. I had an instant boost to my self esteem and confidence, not that I suffered from low self esteem and confidence before, because I’ve always love me!

I am absolutley [sic] excited about this product because of the difference it has made in my life, and wanted to share it with your group. It has truly made a difference in my life physically, mentally, and emotionally. I’ve included a few photos for your review. Please contact me if I can tell you more about this amazing garment and the nutritional products Ardyss International offers.

Most Sincerely and Feelin’ Like Ten Million,

Kimberly T. Hooker
http://www.tenmilliondollaryou.com
Independant [sic] Distributor for Arydss International
757 696 1448

Seriously? Seriously, dude? Other than that whole fucking message being the complete fucking opposite of what Happy Bodies is all about this kind of supposed all-encompassing representation of ‘how women feel about their bodies’ just makes me really angry. Let’s take it bit by bit, shall we?

The Body Magic is manufactured by a company called Ardyss International. It is medical grade body reshaper, designed by an orthopedic surgeon and medical engineer. The garment corrects the posture, supports the spine, lifts the breasts, cinches the waist, plumps the rump, and creates an instant hourglass figure – no dieting, no pills, no surgery. The garment even causes the internal organs to return to their proper places internally! (I have MRI images that proved this to me!)

Because that’s what women want! We don’t give a shit about health or exercise or anything like that! It’s all about that ‘instant hourglass figure’, that perfect fucking shape, with the perky tits and cinched waist and of course, the juicy, plump butt. And okay, the garment returns organs to their proper place….lady, organs are already in their proper place. I mean, that’s typically how the body works. It usually comes with the organs positioned correctly. What I read when I see that is a non-horrifying way of saying, “It moves your organs around!” Why am I strongly reminded of a constricting female undergarment of yesteryear that served this very purpose?

As for me personally – I got married last November and some how, some way gained 25 pounds! (my husband is such a spoiler) While my husband loves me regardless, and so do I, I wasn’t really pleased with how I suddenly looked in my clothes. After putting on this garment however, INSTANTLY, my body was transformed and I had an amazing figure. I had an instant boost to my self esteem and confidence, not that I suffered from low self esteem and confidence before, because I’ve always love me!

Where to fucking start with this? First of all, the little comment about how much the snooky-pie of a husband spoils her isn’t cute or charming or endearing; it’s gross. If this is true, take responsibility for your own damn body; it’s YOURS. And I feel like this is mildly contradictory: “It boosted my self-esteem, even though I don’t have low self-esteem and didn’t really need that boost, but WOW, what a difference it made!” What? But my main issue with this is something that I’ve complained about before. This is a perfect example of how it’s rarely about the health aspect of life and more about the ‘look perfect’ aspect. Our bodies are not okay the way they are; don’t forget that, women of the world, for society will remind you every chance it gets.

I am absolutley [sic] excited about this product because of the difference it has made in my life, and wanted to share it with your group. It has truly made a difference in my life physically, mentally, and emotionally. I’ve included a few photos for your review. Please contact me if I can tell you more about this amazing garment and the nutritional products Ardyss International offers.

It bothers me greatly that my involvement in something as great as Happy Bodies is used as the reason why this bullshit is being spewed at me. This is not what Happy Bodies is about. “It has truly made a difference in my life physically, mentally, and emotionally.” That just makes me sad. The fact that our bodies and the way society judges and deems them either acceptable or not has such immense power over so many of us emotionally and mentally; it’s got half the world in a fucking choke-hold. And this message just upsets me more. This person treats it like some miracle for women, because we can look better! You know what would be a fucking miracle for women? A cure for breast cancer. Available and affordable birth control and other pregnancy services. Reproductive rights. The right to choose what is and is not right for your own body. Not feeling trapped inside your body because you hate it so much. Not chasing some goddamn ghost of the ideal image.

This is the fucking body I live in.  If you don’t like it, kiss the fuck off.

Also: FUCK THESE AUTOMATICALLY GENERATED LINKS!

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One response to “For only $19.95, you can get 20% more self-esteem!

  1. There is not one sentence in that message that is not horrifying. The statement about the organs moving around FREAKED ME THE HELL OUT. What a sad, sad, and creepy as hell organization. And what ridiculous tactics, going after people who… are already happy with their bodies. It’s kinda laughable, but mostly just really sad.

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