Hilary R ('19)
With the copious amounts of representation of women's bodies in the media, it is important to understand that body standards change frequently and there is specifically no ONE TYPE of ideal body. Perception of our individual physiques derive from what we see depicted as “beautiful”, “sexy” or “pretty” in the media. However, what is not advertised well enough is what really matters most; that you feel confident, comfortable and healthy in your own skin. Body satisfaction is a known struggle for most adolescent teens but it is a significant component to self love as well as sexual pleasure. Achieving a positive perception of your own body will make sexual connection with another person or yourself way more intimate, pleasurable, and fun. As well as a positive sense of your body, a genuine smile and confident attitude can make someone more attractive instead of altering their body in ways that are unhealthy.
While looking at the snapchat discover of buzzfeed (as I do), I came upon this video that they created portraying different “ideal” body types throughout the years. You may have seen this before but I think that it is a lovely reminder that the idea of the “perfect body type” is utterly ridiculous because women's bodies have, and are continuously changing.
Although this article is specially oriented toward female body image, here is also a great piece about men's body image representation . It’s #3, ”The ugliness of body image”