Monday, November 18, 2013

Review: Rose's Video Diary #10: Body Issues

With the third season of the award-winning webseries Out With Dad only weeks away, we fans have been treated a new series of “Rose’s Video Diaries” to entertain us during the wait.  The Rose’s Video Diaries are a series of short videos featuring the main character, Rose Miller, talking into the camera about her thoughts concerning things that affect her character and sometimes move the overall story along a little bit.  I don’t usually comment on these videos (I did so once.) but the most recent video diary segment has had me thinking, and I think I have enough thoughts for a blog entry.  The diary is called “Body Issues” and can be seen here. I’ll try to comment on the character, the writer and actor, Kate Conway, and also society in general as it relates to this issue.  At least that’s my plan.  I’m not using an outline or rough draft here, so it may meander a bit.
Kate as Rose Miller
Kate comments about this diary that she wrote it based on her own experiences and feelings and what her teen-age character would think about the issue.  It reminded me of some stupid comment I read, probably on YouTube, back when I first discovered the series.  I can’t quote the comment but it was something about “fat ugly girls” and why would you want to watch them.  I don’t think Kate is fat at all.  And I’d also say she’s attractive.  Is she Gwyneth Paltrow? No.  Does she have to be? NO!  She’s just perfect for whom she is and she’s certainly perfect for the role of Rose.  My point here is that there’s no “perfect” body type, and I think people in society are too often over-critical of others, and of themselves.  On the other hand, if you look around at people and talk to them, you find a lot of people are not really that critical.  There’s a huge variation in what different people find attractive and everyone seems to be the answer to someone’s dreams.
Gwyneth as Pepper Potts
I do think women are held to a far more critical standard on our society than men are.  I also think women are often their own worst critics.  I’m sure men aren’t nearly as critical as women think we are.  Kind of like how just because so many of us can’t help but notice Gwyneth Paltrow doesn’t mean we think everyone has to look like her.  In the video diary, Rose does a good job comparing herself to the other girls on the show.  And Rose is right that Claire (Caitlynne Medrek) is tiny and Alicia (Laura Jabalee) is pretty, but  she makes the incorrect assumption that this somehow affects Rose.  Rose only has to be Rose and she has enough friends and admirers as it is.  And I guess this is my advice to all the people (especially young women) out there: you are you and stop trying to match anyone else.

Artist's rendition of Rose

Particularly on the issue of weight, I understand the desire of most of us to want to do better, and weight issues seem to be one of those areas where we think we should be doing better than we are.  I do think there’s too much emphasis on “super-skinny” rather than just “healthy”.  I have personally known people who lost huge amounts of weight, and I’m happy for them because I think they will live longer, healthier lives.  But People need to be smart about weight and weight loss.  The extreme ways Rose mentions people try to lose weight are not good and healthy.  Diet and exercise; that’s the key!  And yes, I’d like to lose about 10 pounds myself.  I’ve gotten too sedentary as I’ve aged.  I need to get up and move.  Right after I watch some Out With Dad, of course!

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