02/20/2008 03:50 pm ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

I Smell A Rat

Why do we allow the very rich diet-related and pharmaceutical industries to manipulate us into thinking we are flawed and imperfect? Companies spend gross amounts of money on very persuasive advertising that manipulates women into thinking they need to aspire to the pre-pubescent and unrealistic images of beauty that bombard us in the mass media. This constant assault on our self-esteem has got to stop; and our children are as obsessed with this nonsense as we are. It just isn't right.

I smell a rat; a big stinking rat that doesn't care about the well-being of the women it professes to serve. As long as we continue to turn ourselves inside out in this unattainable quest for impossible perfection by cutting, slicing, sucking, starving, prodding, popping, and stuffing, we will never be truly happy and we will continue to lose our self-identity in the horrible confusion. What a waste of a beautiful natural resource: the mother, the sister, the daughter, the wife, the girlfriend, the aunt, and the grandmother.

So let's use our voices to write letters, submit op-ed pieces, blog, and converse about it. Let's create change at the grass roots level so we don't have to remain "not enough, too much, too small, too big, too round, too old, too bold, or too whatever." The next time an ad or message makes you feel uncomfortable, take note and don't buy the product. Better yet, cite your grievances directly to the offending companies. They NEED to hear from us!

Wake up women! Big business is out to take our well-earned money and they are willing to steamroll our self-esteem for their gain if we let them. Let's get the conversation going. It's time to step up and be heard.