This is what we are doing as a society to young girls all around the world! Media around the globe portrays beautiful women, but they are always thin, unobtainably so, they have curves that do not exist in this world they have skin so flawless they could be paintings, their stomachs so flat that it seems impossible - and its just that - IMPOSSIBLE. No one really looks like that, thanks to tools such as Photoshop and illustrator, images can be tweaked, altered, refinished, and women are re-brushed, thinned out, elongated, flattened, and flawless.
Young girls are dieting, developing eating disorders, and becoming mentally ill from constantly feeling like less of a person because they don’t look like the models on TV, in magazines, or in movies. This image is so incredibly powerful, and yet I have no idea who originally took it, where it originated from, how old the young girl is, etc. All I know is that the images that little girl is comparing herself to are all over the internet, TV, social media, movies, and in our minds constantly. There is a voice inside our heads telling us we aren’t skinny enough, our butts aren’t round enough, our boobs are too big or too small, we have too many stretch marks, men wont like us, women wont like us, am I ugly, am I fat, why don’t I look like her. And yes predominately females are the ones who we talk about most often, but men and young boys deal with the same exact issues!
It’s time for a change, it’s time to stand up to the media, to stand up for ourselves, and to eradicate the hurtful, emotionally draining, physically ailing consequences of this type of media! Let’s portray real women, of all shapes and sizes, descents and ethnicity. Let’s show men that they do not have to have an 8 pack to be sexy, or to get women. Let’s prove to ourselves that we are worth something far greater than what the media might think of us. We need to remember that those models we compare ourselves to don’t even look like that themselves, they have been altered, so to obtain a physical appearance such as in their images and photo spreads is impossible without the manipulation of skilled and oppressive hands.
We are all made differently. Some say we are made in God’s eyes. Some say we are genetically predisposed to look a certain way or have a certain body type. Other’s have self control or motivation. Some are simply unable to alter their physical state any further because they are who they are supposed to be. You cannot loose an infinite amount of weight, you cannot stretch yourself, shrink yourself, cut it off, glue it on, stuff it, wrap it, etc without seriously hurting yourself if not physically - then mentally and emotionally. Let’s stop the abuse! Let’s learn to accept one another for who we are inside and out, appearance and personalty. The media makes billions of dollars off of our self-loathing and hatred. Let’s break their bank, empty their pockets and thin them out - just as they are trying to do to us! It’s retaliation time baby, get on board!
- Sarah Graham
Advocate for body love, self acceptance, and decency in humanity!