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The media puts so many unrealistic expectations on women and girls when it comes to beauty. They make us feel that we all need to fit inside of the same box and conform to their ideas of what beauty means. Who comes up with these standards anyway? Young women and girls are actually dying trying to look the way society tells them they should.
I too have been guilty of trying to conform to society’s idea of beauty. I remember having a picture of a woman with a flat stomach, slim waist, thick thighs and big butt as my computer and cellphone screensavers. I was determined to look like her. One day I realized that we’re all made to be different and that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. We really have to stop comparing ourselves to other women.
According to now.org (National Organization for Women), at age thirteen, 53% of American girls are “unhappy with their bodies.” This grows to 78% by the time girls reach seventeen. It’s really sad that girls so young feel so negatively about their bodies.
Get the facts. NOW has some very interesting facts about body image and eating disorders. You can find them here.
NOW Foundation is a non-profit organization devoted to achieving full equality for women through education and litigation. The organization’s Love Your Body Campaign has an annual poster contest. They will be accepting 2020 poster designs until March 1, 2020. Prizes range from $100 to $250. The grand prize winner’s poster will serve as the official 2019 Love Your Body Campaign poster and will be featured on the NOW Foundation web site.
Additional Resources & References:
- NOW Foundation Love Your Body Campaign https://now.org/now-foundation/love-your-body/
- NOW Foundation Poster Contest https://now.org/now-foundation/love-your-body/posters/contest-guidelines/
- Facts About Body Image and Eating Disorders https://now.org/now-foundation/love-your-body/love-your-body-whats-it-all-about/get-the-facts/
- Let’s Talk About It: Videos About Fighting Beauty Norms https://now.org/now-foundation/love-your-body/lets-talk-about-it/