Every woman has body image issues

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Every woman has body image issues
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Sun, 09-06-2009 - 6:55pm

Every woman, regardless of her size, has body image issues. But this is especially true for plus-size women. Because women's bodies are constantly scrutinized and commented upon, and Madison Avenue and the media promote unrealistic ideals, how could it be otherwise?


In reality, our bodies - no matter what their shape or size - are wondrous things. They keep us moving through our world, they have an amazing capacity to heal themselves and they are intriguing in their diversity of beauty.

 

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Mon, 09-07-2009 - 2:25am

I respectfully disagree, Champagneonice. You make it sound like women are victims of the media machine. But we're not. We have choice over what we read and believe. We can ignore or laugh at information which we don't like. We have commonsense - if we choose to use it. We can only be made victims of the media's interpretation if we allow it to bother us.

I am happy to say that at the age of 42 and after two babies, I don't have body image issues. I think I have a great body. It's not 'perfect' but very few bodies are. A quick look around communal change rooms will prove this. It would be unrealistic of me to expect perfection.

Not all women have their bodies constantly scrutinized and commented on. Yes, there are some famous women who's bodies are constantly in the media - but this is a direct result of their publicity machines and 'look at me' behaviour. (Think Britney Spears) There are other famous women who don't have this happen to them. Think Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren and Cate Blanchett. These are women who live with quiet dignity and don't seek media attention.

Models certainly get commented on. And so do women who are famous for simply being famous. (think Paris Hilton) But their tool of trade is their body, so it's natural it will be commented on. Any person in any trade must have their product critiqued. A model is no different. If the model doesn't like it, she's in the wrong job.

Yes, our body is a wondrous thing. We need to love it and appreciate it and look after it. It's the only one we have!




Edited 9/7/2009 6:20 pm ET by true.blue.strine
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Mon, 09-07-2009 - 11:50pm

It's okay to disagree with me. I don't take it personally. :)


 

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Wed, 01-27-2010 - 2:34pm
Bumping this up 'cause it's too good to get "lost." :)

 

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