What Men Really Think

Interview with a Real Man about Real Women!

  • When you think of the term body image, how would you define it?

When I think of the term body image, I think of the physical traits of women. I would define it by the physical representation of what women and men look like through the eyes of the media.

  • What do the terms “negative” & “positive” mean in relation to body image?  

When I think of the term negative in relation to body image, I think of larger more unfit women. This is because the media never uses these women as an example of beauty or health which causes to bring a negative light upon them. When I think of the term “positive” in relation to body image, I think of a very pretty and more fit women.

  • How can you encourage women to be confident in their body image when society’s view their size is so negative?

I would encourage women to be more confident in their body image when society’s view of their size is so negative by telling them that what they see in the media is highly unrealistic and almost impossible to gain that body type and be healthy at the same time. I would also encourage them to become more media literate by reading more articles and becoming more knowledgeable in that area. By becoming more knowledgeable, it will help them to notice what is wrong with the media today and it will overall help them become more confident with their body image.

  • Have you ever dated a woman that was not confident in their body image? And how did that affect the relationship?

Yes, I have dated a woman who was not confident in their body image. It did have its impacts on the relationship in many ways. One way is that it was hard for her to understand that there was nothing wrong with her body or physical appearances but since she was not as skinny as what she saw on tv then it was not acceptable. Another way it affected the relationship was that when we wanted to do summer activities that involved wearing swimming suits or smaller clothing, then it was noticeable that she was uncomfortable and not having as good as a time as she would if she thought she looked better.

  • Did you do anything to help boost her self confidence?

Yes, I would try to just tell her nice compliments all of the time. Whenever she would get down about the way she looked, I would try to reinsure her that absolutely nothing was wrong but that could only could go so far.

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