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National Love Your Body Day
Every day, in so many ways, the beauty industry (and the media in general) tell women and girls that being admired, envied and desired based on their looks is a primary function of true womanhood. The beauty template women are expected to follow is extremely narrow, unrealistic and frequently hazardous to their health.
The Love Your Body campaign challenges the message that a woman's value is best measured through her willingness and ability to embody current beauty standards.
Bloomsburg University Women’s Resource Center recognizes the need to address body image issues and complicate understandings of beauty and health. We encourage you to begin to think about (or continue to think about) the following questions:
- What does physical "perfection" mean to you?
- Is it ok for advertisers to use images that have been retouched or lightened, making them unattainable?
- Should women and girls work on their appearance to fit the current beauty ideals? Is it possible to go too far in trying to achieve "perfection"? How far is too far?
- Is it ok for women NOT to wear make-up, style, straighten or color their hair, paint their nails, shave their legs, etc? How does society view and treat women and girls who reject these practices?
- Does our society place the same value on men's appearance as it does on women's appearance? Why or why not?
- Why do you think "perfect" women are so often portrayed as white? Are light skin and "white" features considered the standard by which everyone is measured in our culture?
These questions are just a starting point for us to begin to better how beauty standards have shaped how we feel about ourselves and help us better understand how to improve self-esteem and body image in our community.
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