Body dysmorphia is equal opportunity

I would never at all argue that the media doesn’t push a warped idea of beauty and perfection upon women in our society. That’s obviously true. Magazine covers are airbrushed and photoshopped, if barbie were a real person she’d have serious medical problems given her proportions, and actresses in TV and film are all thin with nice boobs or round butts and perfect complexions. But, as far as I can tell, all of the conversation surrounding unrealistic depictions of beauty in the media is dominated by women–never men. And I would argue that if this is unrealistic…

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..then logically so is this

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Again, please don’t misunderstand me. I’m not saying that women don’t have it hard when it comes to being judged physically and being held to unrealistic standards. I’m just saying that, despite popular perception, men have it just as bad.

As a man, let me tell you ladies the unrealistic ways in which we are judged. If you’re bald you might as well call it quits. And if you have chest hair? Forget about it. Look at the guy in that picture. There probably isn’t a hair follicle on his entire body below the neck. I know that women are often criticized about their weight, and while men aren’t always held to the same standard, I would say that the male equivalent is the six pack. In the media, nobody expects an attractive woman to be shredded and ripped, but the male ideal of beauty definitely involves having washboard abs. And ladies, I know you get insecure if you don’t have Kim Kardashian’s ass or Pam Anderson’s boobs. For all those thoughts that you have about your booty and your breasts, men have the exact same fears (actually, they’re probably worse) about the size of their penises.

Am I saying that women are really just as shallow as men? No, although I guess that’s a possibility. In reality, I think that men and women are both victims of an unrelenting media that uses sex to sell things, and in doing so has pushed their own standards of what exactly is sexy or pretty or attractive. It just somewhat irks me that women are portrayed as the only victims of the media and body dysmorphia. Man or woman, we’re all held to unrealistic and warped standards, and we all fall victim to the same insecurities for the same reasons.

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