Confessions of a 21 year old
I was looking at a picture of Marilyn Monroe the other day and the first thing that came to my mind is that her thighs are kind of big and her belly is not completely flat. This women, who was very famous and known for her beauty, looked a little on the “thicker” side to me, but at the same time she is drop, dead gorgeous.
I find this ironic since almost every day I complain that I wish I could get rid of the little pooch on my belly and maybe have some smaller thighs. I also find this a little sad. I see a woman who is beyond beautiful and believe that she is thicker due to all the women I see and compare myself to throughout my generation. Although, the worst part is, I am not the only woman who thinks this way. In fact, I believe if you asked any woman what she would change about her body, there would be a never ending list.
And for what? Why is it so important for us to be toothpick skinny? Even if we were to get where we wanted to be, it still would not be good enough. So, our goal is continually changing to ten more pounds lost, two more inches gone, or even trying to make out bones a little more noticeable. Why is it that we are never good enough for ourselves?
I constantly am struggling with how my body looks. I am always asking myself, “Do I need to lose more, should I start to eat less, should I wear more makeup, when will my shirts be lose on me? The sad truth to why I, and many other women, feel this way is because of how the images of women are portrayed in the modern world. We are constantly looking at advertisements and commercials that tell us, “If we wear this, we can get that” or “if we look like this, we will be happy and can get whatever we want.”
When did looking like bones and skin start to be what’s hot? Honestly, who is so important that you have to starve yourself, work out seven times a week, and always have enough makeup on for? Sometimes I wonder if we are too far in the hole to even reverse the damage that has been done to women and is even affecting men. Is there a way to turn this around or are women going to slowly die off from trying to look “perfect” to feel beautiful.
Pain is beauty, though. Or am I wrong? Because this is what I have been hearing from my world my whole life and I am not the only one.
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Kristina, great job on your article and for posting it. Well done. I agree with you that this is a sad experience for us women. It makes me mad at models and others that make it so hard for us. You get your point across well. I think this would be a great article for many young women to read. I think I saw one small typo in this sentence "So, our goal is continually changing to ten more pounds lost, two more inches gone, or even trying to make out [our?] bones a little more noticeable. Why is it that we are never good enough for ourselves?"-you can still go back in and edit it if you want to. Again, great job.
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