Women are taking on board images of themselves as fat, they are dieting, they are obsessing about their looks, and they care far too much about how others see them. Women, also, are too often dissatisfied with their bodies; always wishing for more, or less or something different.
We grew up with the impossible shape of Barbie, the media bombards us with airbrushed and diet thin models, so it’s no wonder that we have disorted views on what is ‘normal’ or healthy.
Catherine Redfern writes about the assumption that "something is fundamentally wrong with the female body and it’s natural to be unhappy with it. It’s not just natural teenage insecurity either. In our society, adult female bodies are treated like mistakes that continually need correcting. It’s too smelly, it’s too hairy, it’s the wrong shape, it’s the wrong colour. We’re seen to be badly designed somehow, needing extra stuff to make them okay. Being unhappy about your body is often presented as one of the essential personality traits of women, if we believe what society tells us. I’ve heard many times suggested, often humorously, that in the darkest ages of humankind, women were whining to their caveman mates, ‘does my bum look big in this loincloth?’ Silly yes, but there’s also a subtext that says it’s something women have always done and will always do. We just instinctively hate our bodies, and, we are brought up to believe, with good reason." (www.thefword.org.uk/features/2001/04/teenagers_and_cosmet…)
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