Here’s a fun fact to brighten your day: fat girls are crazy. No, really: scientists have established a link between obesity and all kinds of mental illness, from anxiety to psychiatric disorders. And the reason why I say “fat girls” and not “fat people” is because women in general already have much higher rates of mental illness than men; a full 25 percent of American girls are cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs. The mystery of the fat acceptance movement, explained! Actually, no; calling it “fat acceptance” is so misleading it borders on being an outright lie.
This theme is shown through Kevin, as he is tiny for his age, and has a physical disability, but is extremely intelligent. The author portrays this theme on page 54 by having Max say, “‘And anyhow it’s not fair how everybody always says ‘Poor Kevin’ just because he didn’t grow… You can ask him anything and he knows what it means.’” Max knows that even though Kevin is the size of a kindergartener, he is smart enough to be in college. Also, he knows that other people should never judge him on his looks, because on the inside he is so much more. Most people who meet Freak think he can not do anything because he is “disabled”. But, they are wrong, just as Max knows.
Everyone knows a teenage girl who isn’t self-confident because she isn’t pretty enough, skinny enough, smart enough, funny enough, etc. It has gotten to the point where girls will go to extreme limits to become what the media teaches them. I hate when a girl says that she is ugly. It breaks my heart because they are beautiful inside and out. They just can’t see it because the media and society show them what they “should look like.” But everyone goes through this.
In the essay “A Woman’s Body: Put Down or Power Source” by Susan Sontag and excerpt from the film “America the Beautiful” directed by Darryl Roberts, it emphasizes the “power of beauty” .Women are fascinated with a beauty that is unreal, made-up, and doesn’t exist. Young adults are unhappy with their bodies because of the unachievable standards of beauty portrayed in social media, several aspects of video and print media. This unhappiness causes young adults to obsess with achieving an unrealistic body image which in turn, causes low self -esteem and excessive dieting which can also lead to eating disorders such as anorexia. Young adults feel rejected because of their looks, provoking dissatisfaction and unhappiness with their appearance.
On some occasions people would even ask me, “Why are you so ugly yet your twin is so attractive and is just so beautiful?” When I heard things like this it made me feel so ugly. People never remember my name only the fact that I was her twin and she looks better than I do. It is hard seeing my twin labeled as attractive whereas I am seen as this ugly creature, when we look just alike. So, as I got older I tried to do things so I can be seen as attractive. I would barely eat so I can lose weight,
Although these characters are just fiction, children are still able see them and learn from them. Young girls especially begin to wonder why they do not have a tiny enough waist like Ariel or why they do not have the ideal face of a princess. These princesses may look really adorable but little do people know that girls are judging themselves because they do not fit the ideal princess archetype. “Villains all have one common feature- obesity. They are all overweight, with double chins and over-exaggerated curves.
Every day, there are girls who look in the mirror and all they see is fat and ugly. Every day, boys look at themselves and say, “too scrawny”, “to fat”, “not enough muscles”. Every day people starve themselves just to fit into society’s mold of what the perfect person looks like. Every day we see stick thin models and buff male celebrities on television, in advertisements, and in other forms of media. The media influences people all the time to have a negative body image and nobody is doing anything to stop it.
The story states, “She had big breasts, slim legs, and blue eyes” (Bolaño 1). This relates to today’s misconception of women because when a guy first meets a girl the first thing he does is analyze her appearance and when he sees her again she has gained weight and her face seemed worn this made the narrator view her different He wanted to old Clara back. This relates to to today's misconception because he didnt try and get to know the new Clara and her personality. He was body shaming her. He wanted the skinny girl with big breasts
“I just got assaulted.” While wandering through social media during the wait for the bus, a picture of a young, female model with one blackened eye taken in a poorly-lit room immediately halted my thoughts. Horrified by the caption’s title and the photo, I hesitantly click “read more”, and what was discovered soon induced my many sleepless nights: a female, Vietnamese model was assaulted in Vietnam while strolling with her friend during the evening. Approached by an unfamiliar, intimidating figure, the model tried to defend herself with aggressive language which only further aggravated the man. In one deafening movement, the thug slammed her to the ground, injuring her face, and shoved her friend off to the side. Unsatisfied with just one injury, the ruffian continued to assault the model, one hit after another.