We are currently discussing body image. When I first approached this topic, I wanted to try to dissect it a bit because the topic of “body image” is complex. What is “body image” exactly? It has to do with how we view ourselves to… Continue Reading “A Look Behind the Curtain”
As we continue to discuss Isabelle Taube’s article for Psychologies Magazine we are moving away how the media affects issues of body image for woman and into a more complex and difficult subject–family.
We get to decide how high the “beauty bar” is set for us, not the media, and it’s easier to begin this process (and stay in it) when we utilize the resources available to us. I’ve found a good one.
As promised, we are continuing our journey into learning to like our bodies. In my earlier post, “See Yourself Differently”–Part I, I cited from an article with the same title written by Isabelle Taubes for Psychologies Magazine UK Edition. Because Psychologies Magazine does not… Continue Reading ““See Yourself Differently”–Part II”
The media victimizes anyone–the famous, the rich, it doesn’t matter. Jennifer Love Hewitt is an example of a woman who was ravaged by the tabloid press as well as the blogosphere for simply wearing a bikini. Her response almost three years later is typical, but I question its long-term health and the impact it will have on her inner life. Is she a good example for other women?
In an effort to see ourselves differently, we usually have to begin with the lens through which we view ourselves. If that lens is cracked or even completely wrong, then the image that we have come to identify as ours will not be based in reality at all.
We are confronted with myriad images most of which have been airbrushed, altered, sexualized in some way,or tweaked in some way in order to perpetuate a well-crafted cultural “ideal” of beauty. Hollywood and Madison Avenue may be the culprit most of the time, but, historically, this was not always the case. Regardless of who is dictating standards of beauty, what are we to do with the aftermath because it isn’t simply a commercial matter for most of us. It’s personal.