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spk1121
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Steve K
Sun, Oct. 31st, 2004 10:54 pm
Topic of the Week -- Self-Image

It seems like I've recently been encountering LJ entries or talking directly to women about how they perceive themselves.  I mean, I know it's a good thing to be mindful of health, but there's a difference between that and giving yourself crap.  It seems like women in general, particularly when they go shopping, are very derogatory about themselves.  One friend compared herself to a cow, another talked about how she once had an eating disorder.  Another friend hates all the pictures she's in, she thinks she looks awful whenever she sees herself!  What's up with this, ladies?  Every gal on my flist is beautiful (even the ones I've never met in person), and I think you need to stop beating yourselves up about the perceived shape of your butt or how your hair supposedly makes you look like a scarecrow!

So, here's the issue:
Do people perceive this to be a problem?  Is self-image (particularly among women) something to be concerned about?  Why does it happen?  If it is a problem, what can we do to make things better?  How can both men and women respect those around them, and even more importantly, themselves?

PREVIOUS TOPICS: 10/18/04 - PIRACY; 09/22/04 - PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES; 09/05/04 - LEFT BEHIND; 08/23/04 - SPACE EXPLORATION; 08/10/04 - RACIAL DATING; 07/19/04 - FENCING; 07/14/04 - 7 QUESTIONS (librarygal); 07/12/04 - DRUGS; 07/06/04 - STEM CELL RESEARCH

Thanks to everyone who posted on the last entry regarding piracy, people had some interesting insights.  Please remember to be respectful of others' viewpoints, and I encourage people of differing opinions to contribute.  Thank you!

Current Mood: worried concerned
Current Music: Audio Adrenaline - "Don't Censor Me" album

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jedibuttercup
jedibuttercup
jedibuttercup
Tue, Nov. 2nd, 2004 09:17 pm (UTC)
Self-Image

I notice nobody else has commented yet. Touchy topic. =)

My answer? It's a cultural thing. 99% of the feminine body-images women are presented with in advertising, entertainment, etc., are surgically enhanced and fawned over by armies of make-up artists and hair stylists. How can a normal woman compete? The differences are obvious.

It's difficult to detach your self-esteem from that kind of measuring stick.


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spk1121
spk1121
Steve K
Wed, Nov. 3rd, 2004 05:39 am (UTC)
Re: Self-Image

I notice nobody else has commented yet. Touchy topic. =)
Yeah, I wondered if I hit a little too close too home with this one! "Space exploration" only got one comment, but I figured that's because it didn't interest folks. With this, I suspect no one wanted to open Pandora's Box. So, thank you for sticking your neck out there and saying something!

It's difficult to detach your self-esteem from that kind of measuring stick.
I guess that goes back to my question above: what can we do to make things better? Obviously, there needs to be a wide shift in thinking and especially in advertising, entertainment, etc. It just makes me sad that lovely young ladies are putting themselves down for not being "surgically enhanced and fawned over by armies of make-up artists and hair stylists." Frankly, it's messed up! Don't know quite what to do about it, though. :(


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jedibuttercup
jedibuttercup
jedibuttercup
Fri, Nov. 5th, 2004 11:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Re: Self-Image

"Space exploration" only got one comment, but I figured that's because it didn't interest folks.

Space exploration? That must have been before I started replying, or I would have been all over that conversation. In my humble opinion, we must continue the push to the stars. It's the only real field of exploration left, unless you count the frozen arctic wastes or the extreme depths of the ocean. Without some outward goal, the human race is prone to turn in upon itself; if we can overcome some of the practical obstacles, exploration and/or colonization of other stellar bodies might provide that outside focus.

On the one hand, I know Jesus is coming back one of these days. On the other, why sit around on our behinds and wait? There is so much beauty in the universe, and so much more we could do and learn from the space around us. Besides, every empire that ever grew and prospered did so on the back of a wave of outward progress -- America will falter and fail one of these days if we don't provide some such goal for all political parties to cooperate towards, instead of fighting against. The price tag, I think, is worth it.

I guess that goes back to my question above: what can we do to make things better? Obviously, there needs to be a wide shift in thinking and especially in advertising, entertainment, etc.

Capitalism rules. Until the images of perfect bodies stop being a lure, they will continue to produce what sells. The only way to dismantle this kind of thing is at the base: encouraging individuals to celebrate their own unique looks instead of conforming to society's ideal. Sort of like missionary work, actually. =)


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