The Lift…. The term finds its origin in the actual lifting of a woman’s midsection to afford the removal of her unmentionable garments. Its her allowing access. Sure I’ve borrowed the term and use it, aptly if I say so myself, in describing how and why men supplicate and self efface to win the slightest positive response from women. A smile, a compliment, or the best, a man being held up as an example to sort out other men.
Today, Christmas Eve, I found.this story. This guy is getting his Lift. His wife has some extra weight, bears the marks of childbirth, and she decides to go get a series of boudoir photos made as a gift for her husband. She requests the photographer use Photoshop liberally to eliminate her imperfections.
Its amazingly appropriate that Photoshop is mentioned because the complicated Lift metaphors are layered into this tale the same way editing is layered onto photos.
Allegedly, when the wife presented the husband with his alternative bathroom reading material he was secretly disturbed by how good his wife looked in the photos. After some months he could no longer contain his anger and emailed the photographer.
Seeing these images made me realize that I honestly do not tell my wife enough how much I LOVE her and adore her just as she is. She hears it so seldom, that she actually thought these photoshopped images are what I wanted and needed her to look like.
The husband is being exalted on new sites and social media for his love-her-for-who-she-is manifesto.
I could make a case for his being cruel. He lists his wife’s visual flaws in detail rather than saying he never sees them. But in a stroke of genius he lambastes the edited images as the thing that is actually cruel. He eschews them. And he vows from that day forward to praise his wife for who she is with photoshop layers removed.
Forget the wife’s photos though. This dude made art. He created a new shade by blending The Lift with Irony
His wife’s Lift requires a little more effort these days. I mean torque, leverage, elbow grease, a longer fulcrum…..you get the point. But he has managed to raise and broaden his Lift index into rarely seen territory.