What Society Tells You About Your Body
Start writing a post
Health and Wellness

What Society Tells You About Your Body

Acne is gross, stretch marks should be hidden, curves make you fat, and bronzed is better.

What Society Tells You About Your Body

Last semester, in my intro to argumentative writing class, I was assigned a paper about any social justice topic relevant in today's society. While racking my brain for what in the world I was going to write about, I thought of how crappy I'd felt about myself as of lately. I took a step back and thought, why do I feel so bad about myself? Why do I constantly feel the need to pick myself apart when I look in the mirror?

The answer to this overwhelming question is society and media. From the time we are innocent little toddlers, running around in tutus, society tells us we will never be perfect unless we follow impossible rules and standards.

Like many other girls, most of my mornings are spent in sheer panic. Not because I'm running late, but because what I see in the mirror does not match what I want to see in the mirror. Despite the compliments I receive from my mom and sister, I can't see past the filter that is constantly covering my eyes.

Acne is gross, stretch marks should be hidden, having curves makes you fat, blondes have more fun, and bronzed is better.

Why do we, as a society have these skewed views of beauty?

Biologically, we are all made of the same materials. Blood, bones, muscles, tissue and much more. So, why is it that whats on the outside means so much and what lays underneath goes unnoticed?

Every young girl, and boy, should be allowed the courtesy of growing up without this filter that consumes so many.

As a society, we need to start teaching our children, neighbors, family members, and friends how to be confident. Not that they are perfect, because no one will ever be perfect, but they are beautiful and worth it.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments