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'Thighs that big belong in a bucket'
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Fully clothed, they are a group of ordinary young women whom you might see on their way to work or play in any American city. Stripped down to their knickers and bras and magnified on huge advertising hoardings, they are the Amazonian symbols of an ever-widening gulf between Madison Avenue's traditional fantasy of the female form and the way most women actually look.

The Dove skincare company's "campaign for real beauty" featuring "real women", launched in Britain last year, has finally made it to the United States to a decidedly mixed reception.

Richard Roeper, a film critic who perhaps believes that most women look like Hollywood stars, muttered that showing "plump gals baring too much skin" was "unsettling." "When we're talking women in their underwear on billboards outside my living room windows, give me the fantasy babes, please," he wrote. "If that makes me sound superficial, shallow and sexist - well yes, I'm a man."

Much of the campaign's shock value stems from the fact that most Americans have rarely seen ordinary women portrayed as attractive on television dramas or in Hollywood.
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  -'Thighs that big belong in a bucket' Thankfully_in_Britain  Aug-28-05 07:02 AM   #0 
  - Critics in this country say showing full size women will cause some..  Missy M   Aug-28-05 07:13 AM   #1 
  - And there's a big difference b/w "full figured" and morbidly obese  Tallison   Aug-28-05 07:36 AM   #9 
     - Most people seem to think that 5 pounds  China_cat   Aug-28-05 12:09 PM   #35 
        - Distorted, isn't it? nt  Tallison   Aug-28-05 12:20 PM   #37 
  - Personally, I love that advertisement!  shaniqua6392   Aug-28-05 07:15 AM   #2 
  - Me, too! Sick of seeing the Photoshopped, fake images on magazines  Roland99   Aug-28-05 08:16 AM   #15 
  - Me three.  tasteblind   Aug-29-05 12:53 PM   #59 
  - The US has gone over the edge.  Totally Committed   Aug-28-05 07:15 AM   #3 
  - Honestly,  Beowulf   Aug-28-05 07:20 AM   #4 
  - What the hell?  charlie   Aug-28-05 07:21 AM   #5 
  - I only WISHED I looked as good as some of those women  theHandpuppet   Aug-28-05 07:22 AM   #6 
  - I agree with you entirely! These are beautiful women who are not  OmmmSweetOmmm   Aug-28-05 09:14 AM   #30 
  - Can't EVERYONE just wear a burka  Spinzonner   Aug-28-05 07:25 AM   #7 
  - I'm quite often impressed by the young men I meet...  ihaveaquestion   Aug-28-05 07:31 AM   #8 
  - You know what? What's scary is  BerryBush   Aug-28-05 07:55 AM   #10 
  - That was my thought when I read the criticisms.  ihaveaquestion   Aug-28-05 08:11 AM   #13 
  - they're not that big - one of them is a size six  Skittles   Aug-28-05 08:14 AM   #14 
  - The average model used to be my size--6. Now she is (gasp) 2  blondeatlast   Aug-29-05 12:58 PM   #61 
  - Size 14 is considered waaaay too big.  China_cat   Aug-28-05 08:39 AM   #21 
     - Although size 14 is average.  TimeChaser   Aug-28-05 10:52 AM   #34 
        - I bet MM's  MildyRules   Aug-29-05 12:18 PM   #50 
           - Yep, size inflation is definitely an issue!  LeftyMom   Aug-29-05 08:05 PM   #67 
  - I don't get it  TorchTheWitch   Aug-28-05 08:21 AM   #17 
  - Witch, Good to hear! You sound like my type of woman. I know...  wake.up.america   Aug-28-05 08:27 AM   #20 
  - If that's so then I REALLY hope  TorchTheWitch   Aug-28-05 09:05 AM   #26 
     - OK , I agree.  wake.up.america   Aug-28-05 09:47 AM   #31 
     - Deleted message  Name removed   Aug-28-05 12:37 PM   #39 
  - Ectomorphs, mesomorphs, endomorphs  marzipanni   Aug-28-05 08:58 AM   #23 
  - LOL!  Le Taz Hot   Aug-28-05 08:59 AM   #24 
  - I'm already 41  TorchTheWitch   Aug-28-05 02:54 PM   #45 
     - A Little Off Topic But Doesn't Joan Baez Look AWESOME??  K8-EEE   Aug-29-05 01:07 PM   #63 
     - Let me humbly suggest that you might not realize the bias in your post.  LisaLynne   Aug-29-05 01:16 PM   #64 
  - Body image is our burka  Gormy Cuss   Aug-28-05 09:07 AM   #27 
  - Elaine Benes and her shoes from Botticelli's.  coda   Aug-28-05 10:44 AM   #33 
  - A little sensitive are we?  ihaveaquestion   Aug-29-05 08:51 AM   #46 
  - I'm always attracted to grey matter first...  hootinholler   Aug-28-05 09:12 AM   #29 
  - So, my wife who is 5'10  MildyRules   Aug-29-05 12:39 PM   #53 
  - Those women look beautiful but  fasttense   Aug-28-05 07:56 AM   #11 
  - Hey, Roeper...  Orsino   Aug-28-05 08:07 AM   #12 
  - he generalizes what men fantasize about  Skittles   Aug-28-05 08:16 AM   #16 
  - Says a lot, doesn't it...  theHandpuppet   Aug-28-05 08:23 AM   #18 
     - yes it does  peekaloo   Aug-28-05 08:26 AM   #19 
  - lets remember the women present today, even the most gorgeous  seabeyond   Aug-28-05 08:46 AM   #22 
  - Have you ever heard the saying that  tblue37   Aug-28-05 08:59 AM   #25 
  - Even the 'thin beautiful models' aren't good enough!  RadFemFL   Aug-28-05 09:10 AM   #28 
  - The real irony is that in some of those retouched pictures  chalky   Aug-28-05 09:47 AM   #32 
  - You notice in the one where they enhance the butt...  RadFemFL   Aug-28-05 01:28 PM   #44 
  - Fascinating site!  Lorien   Aug-28-05 12:36 PM   #38 
     - Have you ever seen the movie "Gia"?  RadFemFL   Aug-28-05 12:55 PM   #40 
  - silly boys  Scout   Aug-28-05 12:16 PM   #36 
  - Roeper can take a flying fucking leap.  Cats Against Frist   Aug-28-05 01:07 PM   #41 
  - My apologizes if I said anything out of line. I hope I did not...  wake.up.america   Aug-28-05 01:19 PM   #42 
  - Thinking outside the burka  mongo   Aug-29-05 11:56 AM   #48 
  - Well, living on the coast, you see every variety of women  Cleita   Aug-28-05 01:25 PM   #43 
  - Interesting... notorious sexist Bill Maher stated that all the women...  devilgrrl   Aug-29-05 09:01 AM   #47 
  - I also remember Maher saying something similar about the women of  DesertedRose   Aug-29-05 12:16 PM   #49 
  - Here's the picture  Glenda   Aug-29-05 12:23 PM   #51 
  - They look fine to me....  DesertedRose   Aug-29-05 12:27 PM   #52 
  - WHen I first saw this pic, and knew about the campaign..  Glenda   Aug-29-05 01:23 PM   #65 
  - OMG, they don't look like starving refugees. Cover them up now!  Straight Shooter   Aug-29-05 12:43 PM   #54 
  - Damn. Those girls are hot. That's Hollyweird for you.  txaslftist   Aug-29-05 12:49 PM   #56 
  - This ordinary big gal says fuck Richard Roeper.  scarlet_owl   Aug-29-05 12:47 PM   #55 
  - Dove figured out something Madison Ave mostly misses: the market is WOMEN.  blondeatlast   Aug-29-05 12:50 PM   #57 
  - EXACTLY! The ad campaign is directed toward its customers: what a concept  Nikki Stone 1   Aug-29-05 12:59 PM   #62 
  - I'm going to write Richard Roeper and tell him off.  crispini   Aug-29-05 12:52 PM   #58 
  - this Roeper guy sounds like a total jackass.  anarch   Aug-29-05 12:55 PM   #60 
  - i think it's a reasonable topic of discussion, but I doubt all our members  AZDemDist6   Aug-29-05 07:55 PM   #66 
  - Locking  Technowitch   Aug-29-05 08:12 PM   #68 

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