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Monday
Sep282009

Anybody thought this was cute...

Alexander Cabanel - The Birth of Venus

Recently, in a large French city, a poster featuring a young, thin and tan woman appeared in the window of a gym.  It said:

THIS SUMMER DO YOU WANT TO BE A MERMAID OR A WHALE?

A middle aged woman, whose physical characteristics did not match those of the woman on the poster, responded publicly to the question posed by the gym.

To Whom It May Concern:

Whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, sea lions, curious humans).  They have an active sex life, they get pregnant and have adorable baby whales.  They have a wonderful time with dolphins stuffing themselves with shrimp.  They play and swim in the seas, seeing wonderful places like Patagonia, the Bering Sea and the coral reefs of Polynesia. Whales are wonderful singers and have even recorded CDs.  They are incredible creatures and virtually have no predators other than humans.  They are loved, protected and admired by almost everyone in the world.

Mermaids don't exist.  If they did exist, they would be lining up outside the offices of Argentinean psychoanalysts due to identity crisis.  Fish or human?  They don't have a sex life because they kill men who get close to them not to mention how could they have sex?  Therefore they don't have kids either.  Not to mention who wants to get close to a girl who's skin is all scaly and smells like a fish store?

The choice is perfectly clear to me... I want to be a whale.

P..S. We are in an age when media puts into our heads the idea that only skinny people are beautiful, but I prefer to enjoy an ice cream with my grandkids, a good dinner with a man who makes me shiver and a latte with my friends.  With time, we gain weight because we accumulate so much information and wisdom in our heads that when there is no more room, it distributes out to the rest of our bodies.  So we aren't heavy, we are enormously cultured, educated and happy.  Beginning today, when I look at my butt in the mirror I will think, "Good gosh, look how smart I am"!

Reader Comments (21)

This is awesome! I've shared it with my mother, best friend, and boyfriend. They all agree: whales are best, and that I'd rather be happy with myself the way I am than try to become something that doesn't even exist.
November 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteronegirl
I love this lady's response! She is amazing
November 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGassia
The P.S. in this letter brought tears to my eyes and a smile to my lips. I will be posting it on my full-length mirror as a reminder to appreciate my accumulated wisdom.
Vive la revolution!
December 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterK.
I loved what the arthor wrote! She called the bluff on the ad that was inviting women to choose between a fantasy and reality, between an image of the Self anchored in the External world or an image of the Self based on the internal world of fantasy. Our Human Mind all to frequently trips us up by confusing "external" and "internal" realities. But it is only in the external reality that one meets and interacts with Others. The Others of our internal world are fantasys!
thankyou for a well worded and succinct clarification!
pamela
December 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpamela
Amen sister!
January 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbarbara bloom
Right on! Completely, totally, wonderfully awesome!! I would love to meet this woman. I'd totally love to have this sister in my life. She rocks!
February 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterValerie
Way to boost your self confidence by just giving up and living in denial. Maybe I'll compare myself to some happy animal or cartoon character so that I can give up on living healthy. She needs to come back to reality.
February 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMike
As a girl who grew up often being confused for being a mermaid I must say
I WOULD SO MUCH RATHER BE A WHALE!
-Arielle
March 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterArielle Cohen
@ mike

You are an ass. That is all.
March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura
Bad response from the Frenchwoman, mermaids represent the power of a woman who embraces her full woman and animal side. She threatens men throughout history because she represents raw wild untamed power. I embrace the mermaid thats in me and my daughter.And the whales I swim with. And who ever assumed a mermaid was skinny ? Have you ever seen a skinny seal or manatee, also milk giving mammals. Support your local surfrider foundation,and stop wasting time over who is fat or who is thin. There are more important things to focus on; the ocean needs are support.
April 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterL.Hamilton
This is an awesome response!!!! I totally agree, media has indeed thrust the concept of "Slim is beautiful" to many young ladies out there! Let's be proud of ourselves no matter what shape and size we are in!
May 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commentervarshaa
Lol~ That's adorable~ I love her right off the bat!
May 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKoiyu
Her sass, priorities and intelligence inspire me! What a wonderful role model!
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