Sunday, June 23, 2013
The Skinny Mirror, Lying or Motivating?
The other day this Kickstarter campaign was brought to my attention, The Skinny Mirror, the mirror that compliments you.
Granted it was my boyfriend who wanted to read my thoughts on this but I am feeling inspired this morning so I guess you will take it. Here is the video for your consumption…
My first gut reaction was simply to sigh, it feels on its surface to be just a new way to body shame. I think that if I personally looked in my mirror at home and saw myself thinner, I would never try on clothes again. You would automatically feel bad looking into regular mirrors, or at least I would.
The more I think about it though, I think there is something to be said for giving yourself a boost. I personally have a few items I keep in my clothes knowing that they are too big so that I always feel like I am swimming in clothes when I put them on. Its motivating to me. I don’t think of it as lying to myself because in my mind I know that the clothes are way too big for me even if I have a bad week. I think method of use could be my issue with the mirror though.
The mirror in any place but your house would feel like deception to me. Imagine trying on clothes at a store and looking in a mirror and seeing a false image. We don’t like seeing photos altered to make a person seem smaller than they are, should we like a mirror that alters our image? There is a time and place for honesty in your life and image.
So is it lying or motivating? I think it is both and the harm or usefulness come in its use. Stores that use these mirrors should be ashamed but for the average person, if you have a real truthful mirror and the Skinny Mirror enjoy. Personally, if I had the money, I might get one because I think this is a safe little lie we can tell ourselves. So much of our day is filled with us hating ourselves in private that a secret mirror might be a the treat we need to keep going.