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Is Society Too Sensitive?

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A few weeks ago, Victoria's Secret had a major backlash to their latest campaign for their 'body' bra, in which the advertisement was named "The Perfect Body." In case you missed it, the advertisement featured an array of their models (all thin, i.e. "perfect") showcasing their latest lingerie designs.

Within the past couple of weeks, a new "average" Barbie doll named Lammily was created by graphic designer Nickolay Lamm. This doll has the measurements of the average 19 year old American female and also comes with a variety of stickers to add to make her more "normal," such as freckles, cellulite, acne, and stretch marks. Lammily was created to give girls a more realistic Barbie doll to play with and look up to, rather than the stereotypically beautiful Barbie many of us played with when we were younger.

And just last week, Cosmopolitan had an article up about Dave & Buster's offensive and rude tweet that they had to later delete and apologize for because of the backlash they got for it. This is the tweet:

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These are just a few examples of some of the stuff that's been going on in social media lately; there's plenty more where that came from.

You know, I think it's great that society is becoming more aware of the wrongdoings in the world. People are significantly more aware of how racism, sexism and offensive material can harm society and moreover, people are actually doing something about it. However, I can't help but wonder ...

Are we taking it too far?

I wholeheartedly believe that the majority of society is becoming way too sensitive these days. With the Victoria's Secret debacle, what bothers me is that the campaign wasn't meant to tell women that these were the only examples of "perfect" bodies. The bra line is called "Body." It's their way of saying the line is great, or "perfect." AKA, "The Perfect Bra for Everyone to Wear." AKA, "You Should Buy This Bra." That's marketing, not an offensive mechanism to make women feel bad about themselves.

And the thing about Barbie is that most little girls really don't care that much about the appearance of dolls. Most dolls look perfect, and it's not really that big of a deal. Sure, it's great that they want to create a relateable doll, but it's not necessary. I honestly don't know anyone who played with dolls when they were little and were traumatized by the "perfect" way the dolls looked. Maybe it's a thing with some people, but it seems the only ones who have problems with Barbies are grown women who seem insecure about themselves. And you can't blame your insecurities on Barbie.

And here's the thing ... Humor and making jokes is one of the best parts of life. Maybe it makes me a bad person, but I live for inappropriate jokes that push boundaries. I think it's great when people can laugh at things that most would find offensive. It seems pretty tiresome to be one of those people who just finds everything offensive. If you're bothered by something as innocent as that Dave and Buster's joke, that's your problem - maybe your sense of humor hasn't developed yet.

I just have this feeling that eventually, we're all going to have to sensor everything we say so that we don't offend anyone. Before you know it, I won't even be able to share my opinions on things like this because it'll make too many people angry.

I could go on for days about this, but I'll leave it at this - let's all take a chill pill and stop being so sensitive. How about we focus on matters that are actually important and worth getting worked up over, like real-life sexism and actual racism? 

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  1. Society is over sensitive and that "real" barbie, Lammily, is terrible. I appreciate that they are trying to get girls to think it is ok to be any size, but stretch mark and scars? C'mon now. Is it 16 and pregnant barbie after child? And... the hands and arms don't flow together like a regular barbie doll does. They look like fat sleeves.... gosh you got me started lol.

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    1. I agree! If I were still a kid, I wouldn't want to stick cellulite and acne stickers on my Barbie. Sorry about it! Haha, thanks for reading!

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