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The Power of the Boob

BoobQuake_480x360Have you ever heard something that made you shake your head in disbelief and laugh at the same time?
I had one of those experiences today.  Earlier this year, a high ranking cleric in Iran, Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi, stated “Many women who do not dress modestly … lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes.”  Did you catch that last part?  Increases earthquakes? Wah?  That would be the head shake part.

Then a woman decided to test the theory.  Jen McCreight called it Boobquake.  Through Facebook and Twitter 200,000 women the world over participated in the “experiment” by wearing cleavage bearing outfits to test if earthquakes would increase.  Surprisingly, there was no change in earthquake activity.  Now that makes me smile and boobquake, come on, that’s funny!

What’s not so funny is that we women still have to fight to prove that we have the right to dress as we like and be who we are.  As Jen said on an interview today on Your DNTO on CBC radio, the attempt to keep women covered is an attempt to minimize their power.

Yes, YES!  Women are still being told to hide who they are and to be ashamed of their bodies because the powers that be (mainly men) know that if we are let loose, the world will change.  We won’t cause earthquakes, but the earth will quake!  When women truly own the power of who they are they use their power for good.  They bring people together in wonderful ways.  They nurture and create.  They encourage others to grow and make a difference in their world.

So what are we afraid of, people?  Couldn’t the world – and our immediate circle – use more of those things?  If it takes a little cleavage to make it happen, wear that v-neck and make it happen!

Own who you are.  Love your body.  Love yourself.  And, by extension, love everyone you come into contact with and make the earth move, baby.  You have the power!

Love, Christie

Smile! Click.

smileOnce upon a time there was a day when we were careful about the pictures we took.  It cost a small fortune to buy film and get the prints developed.  Then, when we finally got them back quite some time after the initial event (depending on how diligent you were about taking in your rolls), we would find that most of those “great” shots were blurry or poorly framed or badly lit and there was nothing we could do about it.  The moment was lost, there was no photoshop.

I have envelopes and envelopes of pictures that I’m disappointed with.  Memories that only mean something to me because I remember what it should look like – or at least my faulty recollection of it.

On the other hand, there was also the chance that within those bad or mediocre pictures there could be a gem.  So many of the shots we now look back at fondly (or with laughter) are ones we may have deleted if we had had the technology.  I was not very happy with the way I looked most of the time when I was younger, but I love looking back at my old birthday party pictures and other family events as much to see how much we all have changed as to see the crazy things we used to think looked good!

I have a picture of myself on my 7th birthday.  I have a Snoopy cake in front of me.  I look pretty proud.  It was the only year my mom made a complicated birthday cake and it was special.  Plus I have crazy curly hair, which has to be a perm since my hair is bone straight, and a gorgeous flowery 70’s dress on a background of orange.  Ahhh, those were the days.

On DNTO today on CBC Radio they dedicated the show to pictures.

Disney couple for webThey spoke to a man who found a picture when he and his soon to be wife were looking for interesting pictures for the wedding.  They came across this picture of his fiance and her family in Disneyland.  As he looked at it he realized that the man in the background with the stroller was his Dad.  His family was there at the same time!  What are the odds that the picture would be taken at that exact moment for them to find 15 years later.

I can just see a family taking that picture now and going “Oh, little Johnny isn’t looking at the camera.  Let’s delete this one and take another one.”  The kismet moment would have been lost forever!

Another story is of  photographer Marc Bence hired to capture Brad and Angelina when they were in the Edmonton area to shoot The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward John Ford. Through a real stroke of luck he got a photo that ended up fetching $100,000.

Imagine making that kind of money for a picture of a couple going to Safeway!  Being in the right place at the right time BRAD03small (credit Mark Bence) for webis what photography is all about.  All great photographers say that so much of their job is luck.  You can plan a shoot, plan every piece from wardrobe to props and lighting and it will be the impromptu surprise shot that will be the winner.

Thomas Hawk photo for webPhotographer Thomas Hawk did a $2 Portrait project.  He offered homeless people $2 to participate in a photo shoot then had a conversation with them and snapped their pictures.  He got to hear some great stories and realized that they, like us all, just want a human connection.

Pictures can be so revealing.  When we start to “fix” or change them for the better, they often lose some of their truth and poignancy.  There’s a lot of truth in the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words”.  That one moment captured for all time can tell us so much.

We rarely really notice what is going on around us, or even inside us, so pictures help us take the time to really see those details.  They are worth taking some time with, being careful with, treating like gold.  They aren’t a commodity, they are gems.

Pictures are us.  We deserve to be noticed, to be treasured.  Treasure yourself, your family and your moments whether recorded on film, digital media or in your mind.

Hugs to you all.

Be Beautiful, Be YOU