Body Shaming In The Early 1900's

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“There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty.” This beautiful quote stated by Steve Maraboli is directed towards women, but instead should be directed towards both the male and female audience. Body shaming has been around ever since we can remember. In the early 1900’s was when the perfect body image movement really started. Thanks to media and advertisements one begins to see more depictions of the perfect female body to compare oneself to. These depictions change in many ways over the next century. The portrayal of the perfect body type for men and women is influenced by things such as media, and even a change in society. Body shaming is commonly misunderstood, many people look at body shaming as looking down upon those who are overweight. In recent studies, body shaming is also towards those who are underweight and can still be emotionally damaging. By establishing unattainable standards of beauty and bodily…show more content…
What molds a female’s view on her poor self-image and dissatisfaction of her own body is that of the lack of parental and peer support, poor dieting and also a negative attitude. Industries can influence a young girl’s view of body image. Think about how many little girls play with a Barbie doll. 90 percent of girls ages three to eleven own a Barbie (Cash & Pruzinsky). Not only does Barbie’s perfect figure and appearance contribute to weight and shape consciousness in young girls but also the fact that the primary reason for the toy is to change her clothes and to make Barbie look good (Cash & Pruzinsky). This theory of Barbie has not been examined thoroughly to be a proven fact that there is a link between young girls and this doll that portrays the ideal standards for women in society (Cash &
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