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I’m Not Playing By The Rules

Women are not weak. We have been weakened for thousands of years. I’ve said this before and today seems appropriate to say it again.



There is so much I can say...


...about the #privilege of teeth, #dentalinsurance, #beauty, #health…#Disability, #aibias, #chronicillness, #facialdifferences and #raredisease are among the inconvenient realities in a world pushing forward with the great #AI revolution. There’s a strange belief that it’s all making humanity prettier by removing the imperfections; when, paradoxically, we know it’s real because it’s imperfect. Just look at the trees!




The author offers poignant insight:


“The beauty ideal [is] becoming increasingly inhuman,” said Jessica DeFino, beauty industry reporter and author of the newsletter the Unpublishable. “The standard that’s being reflected is not a marker of human health or even human possibility. It’s very marked by machinery and technological intervention … [and] visual signals that someone has attained a certain level of wealth and power.”


Participation in these norms sends a message about a person’s readiness to submit to the status quo: “So much of beauty is adopting these signifiers that say, one, where you fall, and two, that you know the rules and you’re willing to abide by them. It does signal some sort of compliance, some safety in the social system. You’re not trying to disrupt anything here. You’re playing by the rules.”


I am not playing by the rules.


Women are not weak. We have been weakened for thousands of years. I’ve said this before and today seems appropriate to say it again.


 

Note- The art featured in this post is the original work of Heather Thompson. It was created with a combination of digital painting and Generative AI. This is cutting edge artistic innovation. Contact for licensing or print information. Currently accepting commissions.

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