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"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced." – Vincent Van Gogh

Photocopy Females


I came across this picture today.. 


I found the message of this picture to be extremely powerful. I find that females are constantly being told through the media how we should look, think and act. If you don’t conform to this, you’re considered a “misfit” or “error” as this picture describes it.  

By this definition provided, I’m glad that I feel I fit in to the “error” and “misfit” category. I do not want to be a copy of someone else’s views and a conformist. As Dr. Suess says, “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” 

There was a post on Upworthy that I had seen earlier this week approaching this subject as well. They had posted a video about how women were viewed in the media this past year  – it wasn’t all too positive.

What are we teaching with this type of representation? That women do not deserve respect unless they are photocopies of what is considered beautiful in society? That they should be valued only for their bodies and looks, and not for their intellect, personality or character? 

Well, I have a question for those who would agree that this is how women should be viewed: WHAT IS REAL AND TRUE BEAUTY?

Take a few moments to think about that.




Here’s MY definition of beauty:

Beauty isn’t your makeup, your complexion, the clothes you wear.

Beauty is You. 

Beauty is you being you and no one else.

Beauty is not pretending.

Beauty is not wearing a mask placed on you by society.

Beauty is flaws. 

                                       To anyone feeling this ‘pressure’ from society:

Be a flaw, an error and a misfit because that is what makes you unique. Those things are not faults or defects: they are are proof that you are your own person with your own mind to decide how you live your life. 

This is what we need to teach future generations. 


For more videos on this subject:
You Are Beautiful

How You See Yourself v.s. How Others See You


Stay beautiful



3 thoughts on “Photocopy Females

  1. I thoroughly loved the critical analysis you presented for this picture. Once I saw the picture, there was an immediate bombardment in my mind for topics and issues you could discuss with a classroom of students. One of the greatest inspirations for writing in student journals in an English class, I find, are pictures. “A picture is a thousand words” they say, and I wholeheartedly have to agree.

  2. Oh my goodness, there is a characters limit on comments. I’m going to leave a second one! I was just going to let you know that I’m going to steal this picture because I like to use them, as aforementioned, as prompts in the classroom. I’ve got a few documents containing multiple prompts and this one will be a welcome addition. Thanks!

  3. Sorry for another comment but I’ll leave you with this one from Edward Young. It really stood out for me in my Englsih 374 class. “Born originals, how comes it to pass we die copies?”

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