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Body Image ination
by Lisa Kartos
11/01/11
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How upsetting that we have become so immune to the issue of women and body image. To the point where media has completely poisoned our culture, showing one perfect body after another on TV, in the movies, in the latest fashion mags. According to the media, apparently the large majority of women should have idyllic bodies. Stupid of us, we've fallen for their scheme; with the increasing acceptability and even desire for more on-screen nudity and sexuality, they've got us eating right out of their hands.

Meanwhile, the men in our lives don't have to do any work to get a glimpse of a woman's naked body. How pathetic, he can watch almost any new release of a movie and get some kind of nudity out of it. He doesn't have to treasure his woman at all, he can see everything he needs right on the boob tube (no pun intended).

Instead of the sacristy of the human body, and marrying somebody or at least knowing somebody before you see the gift of their body, people are so irritatingly casual about it. If you don't sleep with somebody on the first date, it must not have went well, this day and age. I grew up in a Christian home with more of the old-fashioned type parents (if you couldn't tell). Even with my parents pouring this stuff in my ears, I would sit at home and watch a couple episodes of "Friends", and quietly overlook them trying to sleep with somebody on the first date.

Subliminally, we are telling ourselves and others around us that we aren't worth getting to know, aren't worth being loved. We are only worth what our bodies are, today. We work so hard on our bodies, on our outside appearance, usually at the cost of our inner strength and character.

Let's not forget, the body is a vehicle for our souls. It is a dwelling place. So, when you find yourself eyeing up other women's figures, picking her make-up or outfit apart with your eyes, thinking "I'd never be caught dead wearing that!", think again about what your body is truly meant for. The importance of it. I believe we associate good looks with power, but what a stumbling block it can be to your spirit and your soul, to the growth of your character. Just look at the explosion in the fashion and make-up industry. Take a step back, and it is truly overwhelming. It would be clear to any outsider what is most important to women in our culture. I believe "brainwashed" is a fitting term.

We all see what desperate measures women take as they age to keep their looks and their figures. Meanwhile, their vibrant God-granted souls continue to decay. Or take the bony, deranged teenage girl who won't eat because she believes she is too fat. How silly it sounds, women go through such needless agony and emotional roller-coasters, just to look a certain way to others. How did it get to be that we care so much about what other people think of how we look? Answer: media-induced delusions, convincing us we are not good enough the way God made us.

We don't embrace each other as whole human beings anymore, we have become intolerant of individuality. How ironic, as this was meant to be a defining value of our society. Hypocritically, we all try and scream individuality, but that's just a cover-up for our unending attempts to conform. We are a walking contradiction, attempting to be unique just like everybody else. Believe me, If God would have wanted us all to be the same, He could have blinked and it would have been. But He didn't, and deep down, we all know why.

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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