Body Image: Expectations And RealityRomy Reiner

The definition of body image according to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary is “a subjective picture of one’s own physical appearance established both by self-observation and by noting the reactions of others.” There are many other definitions that can describe the term body image, but I think this one describes it perfectly. At the end where it says “noting the reactions of others”, it shows that body image doesn’t just come from someone’s own mind, a lot of the time it’s taken from how they think other people perceive them.

The pressure of body image and looks have been around for as long as anyone can remember, but as times are changing, I feel like the only thing anyone can rely on anymore is someone’s appearance. With celebrities being so gorgeous and models being so skinny, that’s all the people see in television, movies and photos. The expectations of a woman nowadays are almost impossible to reach unless Photoshop or an unhealthy lifestyle is obtained. Guys are now hoping for Victoria’s Secret models to be everywhere, and think that if a woman isn’t as beautiful or fit as they are, they aren’t “good enough” for them.

Modern technology and the media have a huge role into the constant judgment of ourselves, as well. When young girls are constantly on their phones or watching TV, they are bound to see a bunch of women who are considered perfect by the media, which makes the girls feel more self-conscious about their weight, face or just about anything. We live in a time where only a few people can rise above the stereotypes and live a happy and normal life, while most people are pressured by the unofficial “laws of society”.

Most of the time, people want what other people have, but I believe that everyone should be happy with what they have because that’s what makes them who they are. Everyone is beautiful in his or her own way, so don’t spoil that by wanting something else. Everyone’s oddities make them, as a person, unique. 

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  1. interesting thing is, i was sooo insecure about my body, got in a relationship, and he thought i was amazingly beautiful and didnt want me to change anything, not even to lose weight unless i want to. so i think the stereotype is alive in both men AND women……women are hard on themselves…but i also DO NOT THINK ALL MEN think in such a way…my boyfriend is living proof and i have known lots of men that absolutely love women regardless of weight, stretch marks, scars, whatever else, is wrong with you. i completely hate stereotypes for both men and women. everyone is different and shouldnt be labeled because of sex…

  2. It’s not about size, it’s about health. Physical and mental health that is. If you are healthy at whatever size you are, than that’s what counts. That’s what should make you feel good!

  3. you mean stupid guys… I guess… beauty goes away while intelligence makes a woman more and more attractive with the age. So feed your body and your brain.