Monday, December 14, 2015

Let's Talk Body About Image

It seems to me that possibly one of the most insulting questions that a women can be asked is, "How much do you way?" But why is this? Today, our society, especially when it comes to women, are so focused on what their body's look like. It seems to be that today, everyone is suppose to be skinny to fit in. And if your not, you are criticized about how much you weigh. The media has rooted this ideal into our systems. Stick-thin models are everywhere- on our T.V. screens, in magazines, on billboards, their is no escaping them. Skinny, beautiful women are used to sell everything, they are the ideal. But what does this do to members of our society that don't perpendicularity fit this uniform standard of beauty?

Let's face it, almost no one is completely confident in every aspect of their appearance. However, women are told that they have to conform to what society expects their bodies to look like. These ideals, and this stress on one, specific, image of beauty is quite frankly, dangerous. Not only have there been multiple occasions of models starving themselves, some have even died from not eating enough. Serious medical conditions, such as the eating disorder anorexia, have resulted from women trying to slim themselves down and even leading to death.This problem, however, is not limited to women. Adolescent girls (and boys) feel the need to conform to these standards of physical perfection. Children as of 10 years of age and younger have had to be hospitalized for starving themselves. Theses children grow up hating the way they look, even if they are a perfectly healthy weight, their views of themselves are clouded by what society says they have to look like.

My question to you is this- how can we change this? I've heard of so many "you are beautiful!" campaigns in which people go around informing strangers if their "beauty", but does this really make a difference? Being told of your beauty isn't going to change the fact that you don't see yourself as beautiful. The change has to come within society. Seventeen Magazine announced that all of the models in their magazines will "real" people, not airbrushed, starving models. This, a step in the right direction to show girls that beauty isn't found if Photoshop, but rather in everyday life.

1 comment:

  1. Sophia, Nice job blogging overall first semester. Your post here is important and you begin to raise some strong points. Why not link to outside sources early on, to show you are joining an ongoing conversation? It might be especially useful to offer some statistics of the sad and shocking rates of anorexia. You're right also to note pressures of body image conformity are surely greater for women. Picture and links (in different color) are effective in breaking up text.