Where does negative and positive body image come from? Why do we like or dislike our bodies?
Many would blame the media for promoting blonde, thin, big boobed women as the ideal female. Likewise the muscular man with a 6 pack, tan, thick hair is often seen as the ideal look for a male. How many people look at these people and think I want a body like that? I don’t! and have never really looked at celebrities bodies and compared them to mine. Firstly because it is unobtainable, takes a lot of hard work, takes up a lot of time in some circumstances and I know that my genetics wouldn’t allow it. In saying this I do have body image issue, but I only measure myself on how I think I look. People say I look better having gained a few pounds, but I felt better ultra slim. So I don’t worry what others think I have my own idea on it and I do not compare. This is my own thoughts on my body. But maybe I see myself differently to others?
Young girls are particularly vulnerable when it comes to the media. Again genetics play a major role. For some women to be so thin it would cause them not to be able to become pregnant and thin their bones making them unhealthy. Breast size is generally down to genetics, so there is little you can do about that unless you have the money to have implants. Breasts are sexualised and it is the opinion that men prefer women with big breasts which is not always the case. Do women with smaller breasts have a disadvantage breast feeding? There is also the negative where blonde, big breasted women are seen as bimbos when they are just as likely to be intelligent as any other person.
There has been a drive to show that bigger women are beautiful, which puts those who are thin in a negative light. Surely being healthy is the best way to be? Do we promote kind, caring intelligent, selfless people? Why are we pushing image over what that person is about, who they are and what they do? What is more important?
Most people have issues with their weight even if they are healthy. Everyone has fat in certain places and that’s surely only natural? Being overweight can be healthy and unhealthy. Surely health is most important?
Are we born to pick out flaws in people’s looks. Did the first men and women have body image issues. Do we pick out the flaws because we need to survive the contest of survival of the fittest? Do we need a body that is strong, fast, healthy, attractive to win the contest and attract a mate? I’m sure people had issues before the media was invented. Is reproduction the only reason we are here?
It has been proven that those who have parents who have body image issues, will more than likely pass those onto their children. This makes sense because we learn a great deal from our parents. We also have similar genetics so if we look like our parents and they don’t like their looks and body then why would we? I can say that about both my parents so I have similar hang ups to them.
Is what Carrie Fisher says true? The body is just there to carry us around. We are more than just bodies, we can think, feel, share emotions, love etc.. My career can sometimes bring me to see those that have died. I have also seen family members die and once that happens that person has gone. They have left a shell behind because their mind or soul is no longer there. I think this is where body image is no longer important. You soon forget what people look like once you know and love them. It becomes unimportant. They say love is blind. Don’t they?
I have also read that gay men can be more image conscious and have more body image issues than straight men, i’m not sure how true this is? Are men more competitive than women? Is being more attractive more important to men? Do they have more to prove? Women may have to live up to big breasted women, but men possibly have to live up to muscle bound men. Does size matter? Many women and men say not, but does it really?
I would love to hear why you have body image issues? What you like and dislike about yourself? Why do you dislike your body? Has the media had a positive or negative impact? I would love to hear your views?
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