I did a google image search for Shape magazine. And the words above grace the cover. Read through the list. Think of those words being directed at you and your body. Think of those words being directed at your friend and her body. How do you feel?
In my opinion, media is our culture’s most powerful medium for shaping womens’ views and expectations of themselves. Media is the measuring stick that facilitates self-criticism and hurtful comparisons with one another. We are reduced to a litany of BARBARIC terms (excuse me- burn, blast, and banish?!) and hate ourselves for never getting it right. We begin to see ourselves as a body, something for looking at. And as a result our minds become limited, our creativity stunted, and capacities under-utilized because we are so busy counting calories and hating ourselves. Ladies, THIS. IS. CRAZY.
This post was inspired by a client who said to me yesterday “I’m no longer trying to be air brushed in real life.” How’s that for a declaration?
I want to hear yours! It could sound like….
- I’m human, I’m meant to get hungry.
- I’m not flawed if a 1200 calorie diet plan leaves me hungry and unsatisfied.
- My energy is precious and cannot be depleted by self-hate.
- I can’t be happy if I’m pursuing something I am not.