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.

Medias’ Beautiful Lie

Everyday, whether we realize it or not, we are exposed to unrealistic portrayals of women in the media. We see extremely skinny, beautiful woman in ads, magazines,  and on TV and then compare ourselves and our bodies to these women. GUESS WHAT! There’s this thing called photoshop! The media use and overuse photoshop to edit and beautify these women. Don’t believe me?

Here is what the media does to make these women beautiful:

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Don’t give in! You are beautiful the way you are!

Your Identity

You are not what you do. Your value isn’t decided by a number on the tag in the back of your jeans, your profession or by your roles: career woman, wife, mom, sister, friend, etc. Those are gifts you have, traits you exhibit. But they don’t define the core of your being. You aren’t the sum of your mistakes or the messed-up identity you once wore.

Your identity is simple. It’s clear. It’s beautiful. 

Statistics

Body Image

The way we perceive our own bodies and the way we assume other people perceive us.

These are the harsh truths that are direct effects of the medias’ lies:

  • The average size of the idealized woman (as portrayed by models), is below the healthy weight.
  • The thin ideal is unachievable for most women and is likely to lead to feelings of self-devaluation, depression, and helplessness.
  • 89% of women in a study of 3,452 women wanted to lose weight. (3,072/3452)
  • The weight-loss industry brings in at least $59.8 billion in revenue per year.
  • A disturbed body image is a significant component of eating disorders and plays and important role int he development and continuation of eating disorders.

Thinness has not only come to represent attractiveness, but also has come to symbolize success, self-control, and higher socioeconomic status.

 

Bruin, Kathy. “Body Image.” About-Face. N.p., 1995. Web. 19 Apr. 2016.

Our Story

We’re here to show women what it means to love yourself the way you are, as it pertains to body image. We want to inform you of how media industries change women’s bodies into what the media perceives as beautiful. In doing so, consumers of media and these advertisements have an unrealistic expectation of women’s body image. We want to help you become more aware of these portrayals of women and the effect that they can have on you and those around you.

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Body Confidence is the belief that you are your most beautiful when you are healthy–both in body and mind. This feeling results when you give up the mission to mold and shape yourself and instead make a commitment to simply take care of yourself. Body confidence breads positive body image– It enables us to see ourselves through a meaningful lens, not a superficial one.

Magali, Claire. “5 Resolutions: Definition of the Day: Body Confidence.” Blogspot, 12 Oct. 2009. Web. 19 Apr. 2016.