Men feel the pressure to look perfect too.
by Bloomer Duckling on September 11, 2014 - 2:46pm
After watching the movie ‘Miss Representation’, a friend and I started a discussion about the media’s effect on women and how it ends up affecting both genders negatively. While women are constantly under the pressure to look a certain way, my friend made the point that men are under that same pressure. While I argued that I was focusing more on the physical and superficial aspects of this negative effect, my friend once again pointed out that men had the same pressures too. Walking through the downtown area of St. Catherine Street in Montreal, where advertisements of ‘attractive’ models of both genders are at an easy availability, I was reminded that she had a point.
Even though male models also have a strict standard to hold up to, it seems that one tends to overlook the pressures put on men by the advertising and modeling industry and even the sports industry. While both genders are subjected to images that urge them to look a certain way, one doesn’t hear about the low self- esteem of men as much as you hear about that of women’s. How do men feel and react when they are constantly being subjected to a toned, muscular man in movies, television shows, advertising billboards, and even on their boxer and briefs packages? Studies have shown that more men are developing eating disorders now than they were before.
Women and men have this unneeded image of how they are supposed to look forced on them and it’s important to remember that both genders, not only one, are told how to be ‘perfect’; remembering this presents this issue from a viewpoint that can reach a wider audience, that audience being men and women, essentially everyone. It’s important to see that everybody is affected by this and that we should start becoming more consciously aware of what we are influenced by so that we can stop unnecessarily harming ourselves.
If you want to learn more about how men feel the pressure, check out this link, which talks all about it. http://www.bbc.com/news/health-26935687
To read more about the studies showing an increase in male eating disorders, check out this one. http://nedic.ca/males-body-image-and-eating-disorders-increasing-concern