Sunday, 21 July 2013

Thinspiration

It's Day 21 of The July Blog Challenge over a Paula's Place.  Go link up and read every one's thoughts on how the media portrays body images for young girls.

I frikken detest the way the media influences young girls to feel inadequate about our their bodies.  

Something other than perfection is not acceptable. Girls are always feeling the pressure to be thin.

Unrealistic anorexic girls prance down the runaway and magazines are splatted with stick-insects and lollypop girls.  The television and movies only seem to employ size 0 girls who wake up with full make-up jobs and faultless hair.  It's constantly rubbed in our faces in all types of media. 

You only have to witness young women on the red carpet with their titties taped up, their botox riddled frozen faces with a mouthful of porcelain veneers, to know that flawed women are just not good enough.  

It makes us chunky girls feel like we are completely deficient and uglier than a bag full of arseholes.

You only have to log on to Pinterest and Instagram to find young girls proudly posting pictures of their protruding hip bones and ribs and they even have a name for it.  Thinspo or....now that controversy has been linked to the word, they simply changed it to Fitspo.  

These girls constantly post pictures of their thigh-gaps and declare how "fat" they are.  They are regularly reading Thinspiration slogans and declaring that Nothing Tastes as Thin Feels.  They seem to feed of one another's "success" in keeping soopa thin and compete with one another to see who has the best in-grown stomach.

It's sad that women feel the need to be a certain size to feel feminine and desirable.

Is this society and the media's fault for only ever presenting us with photoshopped perfection?

9 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Stick figure women have no curves, and I like curves on a woman.

Sandy said...

It is in our faces, but I don't think it's a problem that can be completely blamed on the media. If men would be more open to dating women with curves it would help. If people stopped supporting the image by buying clothing that didn't fit, or supporting with viewership, dollars etc. People do have to take some responsibility themselves for the problems. Mothers should stop buying sexy clothes for the little girls etc.
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Jo said...

Typed a long comment and had a power cut in the middle of it!!! I was saying stick figures may be a backlash from the grossly overweight people who are in abundance these days wherever you look. We need to be able to hit a happy medium between stick and elephant.

Alex, I have more curves than you could shake a stick at, pun intended.

Jen Forbes said...

I couldn't agree with you more. There is so much more to a woman than her body, how about her brains, right??

YeamieWaffles said...

Perfect post Lass. One of my Twitter best friends is obsessed with thinness and being beautiful and I blame it all on society. It's just sad all this thinspiration that young girls get sucked into, my heart really bleeds for them.

Paula said...

I think it is just too easy to blame the media...whatever happened to personal responsibility? And parenting? Don't let your daughters (or sons) feel this way. It is up to US to change it NOW. And no woman should change her body just to be able to date a man.....

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

i think we can blame some on the media. but we also have to take some of the blame - why? you can pick & chose what you listen to ... if you wish not to listen ... please, please turn it off & find some folks that boost you up & make you feel wonderful. it works for me. ( :

Cristy S said...

Totally agree. I am stopping the cycle in my house. My daughter will know what healthy is not thin.

Flora said...

I don't have a problem with girls who are naturally thin, but our girls need to know it's okay if their not a size 0.

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