Famous, or might one say infamous, for their line of lingerie entitled 'Body' released a little over a year ago, Victoria's Secret reminded everyone once again of the one dimensional and homogenous portrayal of women in the media. The above original version of the ad had the words "The Perfect ' Body'" in its center and featured almost exclusively white women sporting the ever popular waif look.
Wearing alluring and playful expressions while being scantily clad (although seeing as this is an ad for lingerie I don't believe this can be helped) the models are part of a long... [+] Read more
Just a few weeks ago, youtuber Nicole Arbour posted a video that quickly went viral, called “Dear Fat People”. In the video, she claims that fat shaming is just something invented by people who are overweight. She made multiple rude jokes and went overboard, as comedians do. Most people responded negatively to her video and just didn’t see her jokes as funny. Through all the yelling, rudeness, and useless stories, I do think she has a point.
She said what many people are too afraid to say, that people who are overweight should not be told its okay. There are so many campaigns and videos out... [+] Read more
Media’s Harmful Effect on Body Images
In cultures throughout the world body images have been an extreme danger for both men and women. Women all around the world have had many negative consequences seeking these “perfect” images. Currently in our culture the ideal and perfect body image is the “Barbie Doll” look. This look includes being extremely skinny, long hair, slender long legs, large chest and buttocks and a beautiful face. In magazines, movies and television models and actresses have all displayed this look for their fans making this body image become very popular for our... [+] Read more
In today`s society, we rarely realize how toxic negative talk truly is to our personal health and our self-esteem. Caitlin Boyle, a 28 year old from North Carolina, realized from her own experiences how vital and necessary it is to have wellness and a positive outlook on your life and your self. That is why she created the website Operation Beautiful. Her website`s main goal is to end negative self-talk, or “fat talk” as she calls it. Operation Beautiful began by Boyle leaving encouraging messages on post-it-notes on the mirrors of public restrooms. The notes usually include phrases like, “... [+] Read more
Love Your Body is a foundation that deals with the overwhelming issue in our society of body image. This foundation promotes to men and woman that the unhealthy body images seen in the media are not truly achievable and that you shouldn’t strive for what’s being portrayed. It discusses the terrible body dieases that have come about from the media such as anorexia, bulimia, steroid raging, etc. They tell how the media uses programs to adjust the models and actresses and that those are not actually their bodies. They use e-cards, emails, posters and promote ways to encourage others... [+] Read more
Based on recent studies, the influences of parents, peers, and media on adolescent girls is far higher than the influence on adolescent boys. Particularly the mother has the greatest influence on their daughters’ appearance, eating practices, and their self-esteem. Researchers also show that daughters who are bulimic or have some type of eating disorder are likely to have been compelled or pressured to by their own mothers (Marita P. McCabe, 2003). Although the study showed that boys are not as greatly influenced by their mothers, boys still have to dodge the pressures of society that push... [+] Read more
In a recent article posted in the Sunday Telegraph (Australia), Marinos (2012) takes an encouraging approach on the ongoing battle between men and women and how they view their bodies. According to research from the University of Arizona, involving 301 young women in their first year of college, they have identified five ways to develop a healthy and realistic body image. These include the following; building a supportive family; rejecting the thin ideal; rejecting the super woman ideal; focusing on fitness; and managing stress healthily. By appreciating the bodies that we are given and... [+] Read more
Small waist, defined biceps, six-pack abs, size zero, toned thighs, and the list can continue onward. Nothing compares to the gratifying feeling of looking “ripped” or feeling skinny. But when this gratifying feeling turns into an obsession, actions can get out of control.
“Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels,” as quoted by the professional model, Kate Moss, not only turned heads, but also further encouraged young girls and women to fall into eating disorders in order to be socially acceptable in today’s society. Our stick-thin society has twisted the minds of... [+] Read more