September 20, 2011

On Tina Fey and Photoshop

I know none of you have signed up to be a part of my impromptu book club, but this is something I wanted to share...

In the last year or so, I've been reading a lot of autobiographies: Kristin Chenoweth, Chelsea Handler, Chelsea Handler again, Kathy Griffin, Tori Spelling, Tori Spelling again, and currently, Tina Fey. Yes, there is a theme here of funny women... what can I say? I like 'em. If you're looking for fun reads, I highly recommend any of the above links. You will not be disappointed.

In Tina Fey's Bossypants, she talks a little about the use of PhotoShop, which we all know has been a hot button issue recently. Tina, though, takes a different approach than most I've heard. She thinks that we, as a society need to accept that it's here to stay. As she says, "No country has ever been de-industrialized," and the only people who are ever fooled by Photoshop are people over age seventy!

She made a really good point about how we, as a society (any society, really) have never, in the span of history, accepted the human form the way that it is. "That's why," she says, "people wore corsets and neck stretchers and powdered wigs." I don't know what that says about us as people, but she's right. Photoshop isn't the enemy - it's our constant need to manipulate and transform ourselves to be better than the rest... or at least to provide the illusion that we're better than the rest.


  1. It's called "Erin reads a book she really likes and tries desperately to make all her friends read it too... or listen to her gush about her favorite parts." There is no real book club. It's just my life. I would totally do a book club though. Wanna join?! :)