Everyone assumes there are no gender inequalities left in our ‘post-feminist’ world. But everyone is indoctrinated, and everyone needs to wake up. This is not equality, and I’ll tell you why.
Women have got to start questioning everything.
Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.
Doesn’t it strike you as odd that 94% of women’s magazine covers conform to the ‘ideal thin body’?
Doesn’t it strike you as odd that 90% of people with an eating disorder are female?
Standards have been set for what the ideal woman is. Girls are bombarded from an early age with airbrushed images of what they could be, but aren’t. Compliments centre around physical appearance. First thoughts in the morning centre around physical appearance. All too often, whole conversations centre around physical appearance.
Women have been indoctrinated to believe that they cannot leave the house without make-up. QUESTION IT. What is make-up for? To hide and conceal your ‘faults’ while improving you to become respected by society. Why don’t men wear it? Because society doesn’t expect perfection from them. Society doesn’t judge them on every aspect of their appearance every second of the day. Why do women try so much harder with their appearance? QUESTION IT.
Men have got to start questioning everything.
WAG Claudine in sexy shoot - SEE stunning undies as babe reveals she’s a winner up front like hubby, Robbie Keane
- The Sun, 27/04/10
Doesn’t it strike you as odd that in HIV-striken Uganda, 74% of women find it unacceptable to ask their husband to use a condom?
Doesn’t it strike you as odd that one in four women in the UK will suffer violence at the hand of a current or former partner?
Why do men let these ideals of beauty continue, without questioning their dehumanising consequences? Why do men take pictures such as those seen in The Sun, and sell it on to other men like a woman is an object? Because it benefits them, and they are not directly affected. Women have become a commodity, and men have become the sole benefactors of social attitudes.
Eating disorders were an unknown until the 20th century. And make no mistake, they are on the rise. Men have a perception of the ideal female body. QUESTION IT. Men readily assess women on their physical attributes. QUESTION IT. With pornography and prostitution, sex is a commodity to be bought and sold. QUESTION IT.
We rarely struggle with body image the way girls do. Is it innately feminist? No. It is a reaction to our misogynistic patriarchy.
I’m not just saying this because I’ve been drawn in by a crazy anti-establishment ideology. I’m saying it because EVERYONE needs to question EVERYTHING. Not just in terms of societal patriarchy but the whole way we’ve been indoctrinated into western society. Forget legal forms of equality, and think about body image.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
We don’t have to be superficial.
We don’t have to conform to stereotypes and we certainly don’t have to expect perfection.
Make your own decisions, before the media does it for you.