Wednesday, 16 June 2010

"Perfection" in a Imperfect World....

In today's society, many people are chasing the impossible; perfection. Everyone is flawed, fat or skinny, tall or short etc, everyone has imperfections. No one is perfect, and that's the beauty of imperfection, because if everyone was perfect, this world would be one boring place. If everyone looked the same, talked the same way, dressed the same way, how would we grow as individuals?

With society's mounting pressures to be "perfect" it's no surprise that so many women (and men) have complexes about who they are and what they look like. And it's not only your average day women who are buckling under the pressure from the mainstream media, look at how many celebrities ( Tori Spelling, Nicole Richie, Mary Kate Olsen, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Victoria Beckham, Paula Abdul, the list could go on) who've developed eating disorders, and starved themselves to fit the standards of the mainstream media.

It's a no wonder why so many women, particularly American women, think they're overweight (even though they may be an average size) compared to those they see on the television and in the magazines. Women aren't the only ones striving to be "perfect", men have increasingly become more body aware, but instead of starving themselves, they work out excessively to get rid of calories, which is also known as "exercise bulimia".

The mainstream media doesn't seem to be aware of the damage and influence they have on women, (especially teenage girls), and if they do, they don't care as they continue to tell us that "size 0" is the only way to be perfect. What's alarming is that many people believe the media's propaganda, for instance when supermodel Kate Moss said "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels", it became a slogan for pro-anorexia websites, and more recently Urban Outfitters came out with a t-shirt saying "Eat Less", the media is promoting something that is far from "perfect", they are promoting unhealthy views that are causing serious health problems and concerns.

Urban Outfitters "Eat Less" t-shirt

I was inspired to write this post after watching this video, please watch it :

(I know you've probably seen this video around, but I believe in it's message and I wanted to share it again)

No one is perfect, not myself or anyone else. We are all unique, everyone has a different body, so instead of abusing it, embrace it; because it is the only body you have. We need to stop looking to the media or society for acceptance, we need to accept and love ourselves, that is the most important thing. We need to stop trying to fit the standards of society and fit our own standards. We are imperfect and that is what I love most about the world, everyone is completely different. I think diversity is a beautiful thing, and instead of trying to be alike we should accept that everyone is different, and that is something I wouldn't want to change for anything.


Envy Chic said...

I saw this video also on YouTube. I just think people need to strive to be the best they can possibly be. Feel comfortable with themselves and everything will then fall into place.

LaCara said...

I couldn't agree with you more, this might sound cliche, but just be who you are and embrace it. Alot of people struggle to accept themselves, and it's because the media has such a strong influence on the mass public, so if everyone stopped seeking approval from others and just accepted themselves, as you said everything will fall in to place, (and it has for me since I've accepted who I am)


Jennifer aka. Jasifer said...

great post! <3

RD Robertson said...

Great post. The graphic tees are always fashionable and enjoyable clothes. The major time I wear cotton T-shirt. Thanks for sharing.

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