Women are dying to look perfect. The female body is reflected and portrayed in the omnipresent media as an object of desire. The first things I see when I log on to Facebook or Instagram are numerous waist trainers, slimming tea, butt lifters and the list goes on…
Plastic surgery and body modification is very common these days with people striving to attain the perfect look, whether it is to mimic their favorite celebrity or mask their own insecurities.
A study conducted by Dove revealed about 82% of women believe social media is influencing how we define beauty. This is because the media has defined for us what beauty is, and what it isn’t. What they forget is that ordinary people come in different looks, sizes, shapes and color.
From an early age, we are exposed to the use of super thin or extreme curvy cultural icons representing ‘feminine beauty.’ We’re constantly being compared to computer-manipulated images of already butt heavy, thin and cosmetically ideal models. This causes women of all ages to develop and suffer from body dissatisfaction, depression, anorexia, bulimia, perfectionism, low self-esteem, and other psychological damages
Unfortunately, most people haven’t understood how those women and men come to look so perfect on screen. Those people are beautiful, I can’t deny it, but they aren’t perfect because what we see is the result of real beauty combined with a lot of makeup, Photoshop and sometimes even plastic surgeries. Many women may not realize it, or even consider it that big of a deal, but posting sexy photographs of a particular body part and treating it like a collection rather than a whole on social media sites is a form of objectification.
Apart from the media, family and verbal messages are also powerful, I always hear you’re too skinny, where is your bum? You need to do squats, and so on which is not healthy to hear therefore making people do whatever possible to be worldly accepted. Remember that a perfect hourglass figure or a symmetric face will not make a woman beautiful is she doesn’t radiate confidence or self-assurances from the start. You will be shocked to learn that some of our disliked attributes are what others consider to be the most beautiful.