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Why Do Women Hate Their Bodies?

Health & Wellness  (tags: women, self-image, Dove soap, ad campaign, research, social experiment, marketing, body hatred, eating disorders, empowerment, perception, health )

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Dove has been widely criticized for disguising ads behind the banner of a women's empowerment campaign. What do you think?

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Jeanne Young (19)
Friday April 19, 2013, 3:06 pm
"youth" "Beauty" "Charm" Yeah, well, it makes more money( for the various industries ) to create a mind-set in women that drives them to try to live "up" to an impossible, unrealistic, often actually undesirable - image. Less reality! Less true value! MORE dollars spent - - - -
"You've come a long way, baby"

Russell R (87)
Friday April 19, 2013, 5:38 pm
How can someone that is all bones,see herself as fat?

Freya H (357)
Friday April 19, 2013, 5:41 pm
Because our sexist popular media promulgates the sick idea that only skinny, young-looking women are beautiful.

Kit B (276)
Friday April 19, 2013, 7:22 pm

I was surprised to learn the average size of dress worn by most American women is size 14. If that is true, than we really are deceived by the "media" image of women. I think Freya hit the target with that comment.

Judy C (97)
Friday April 19, 2013, 7:52 pm
You all make excellent points. The advertising industry is very good at making us feel like we are not o.k. as we are. The less secure we are, the more products we will buy, as Jeanne points out. In this culture, being fat is the ultimate crime, and girls internalize all these messages, sometimes even from their mothers and grandmothers. They are so afraid of being fat that they see themselves as fat, Russell. Some have what's called body dysmorphic disorder -- (BDD) -- an intense preoccupation with an imaginary or minor flaw that is exaggerated in their minds. Like Freya says, only skinny young looking women are desirable. Successful, intelligent women are even affected by this. And yes, Kit, size 14 really is the average dress size. They say that if Marilyn Monroe was in show business today she would be considered too fat, and she was a size 14 when she was one of the top sex symbols in Hollywood.

Kit B (276)
Friday April 19, 2013, 8:06 pm

True enough Judy. Marilyn Monroe was a well proportioned woman, sexy in her day. Some where along the way we forgot that we are not supposed to look like some emaciated skeleton image. We need to be healthy, and if that's a size 14 for some, so be it.

Lydia S (155)
Friday April 19, 2013, 9:31 pm
Interesting yet sad as so many women are maybe looking at themselves with a somewhat jaundiced eye .
While I wouldn't be so vain or arrogant to call myself beautiful I am very happy w / my body and would really
not change anything except perhaps my aches & pains .
Thanks Judy for thought provoking post .

Past Member (0)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 4:02 am
Pressure is put upon women and girls from a very young age to conform to certain standards of "normality". It is not just advertising pressure but peer pressure, parental pressure etc. In fact the whole world, other women included, is very quick to point out why we as a gender do not "measure up" to what is desirable. I am very happy with who I am, intellligent, funny, non judgemental etc. All of these qualities are more important than whether I fit a falsely consrtucted view of what I should look like! C'mon women - be proud of who you are!!!!

Deborah L (3)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 4:03 am
Speak for yourself!! I LOVE my Body & Soul!!! I give myself love daily!

Danuta W (1248)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 4:16 am

Past Member (0)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 5:04 am
Publicity is a point

Gloria picchetti (304)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 5:34 am
I love my body and Dove hasn't got a thing to say it that I care about.

S S (0)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 8:18 am
Thank you.

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 11:25 am
Thank you for the post! (N, P, T)

Natalie V (27)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 4:04 pm
noted, thnx

Judy C (97)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 4:13 pm
IGood discussion, everyone. The distinction must be made between a goal of good health, mental and physical, and a judgemental and hateful view of oneself or others, who don't measure up to an ideal. Sometimes the ideal is healthy, and sometimes. not. Do all human beings deserve respect? Yes. Should we be able to love and enjoy the bodies we use as our only vehicle in this plane of the universe? Hell yes. I respect every human, obese, anorexic, beautiful, plain, disfigured, or somehow not conforming to our culture's standards of attractiveness. Ridicule is toxic, and does nothing good for the ones bestowing or receiving it

Obesity is a state of ill health, and I have compassion for every being, healthy or not. It's very true that we need more education about nutrition, more physical activity for some, and less junk food and its ads inundating us.

If we are going to be inundated with ads, and we are in this culture, it may as well convey a state of joy and appreciation for our bodies, rather than the usual misogynistic presentation of an impossible and unrealistic, airbrushed and photo-shopped ideal.

Rose Becke (141)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 7:35 pm
Anorexia is a mental disorder I lost a very good friend to this disorder

Judy C (97)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 11:55 pm
I'm sorry to hear that, Rose. Anorexia is hard to understand, and very difficult to treat.

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 9:36 am
Noted .

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 23, 2013, 12:54 am
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