I don’t think I can adequately express my horror when I saw my aunt’s status on Facebook this morning. She was expressing her happiness at reaching her target weight. The woman is in her 70s for goodness sake! Don’t get me wrong, I am happy she is happy but why should this still be such a big deal?
What sort of world have we created when women go through their whole lives trying to change?
For the majority of our lives we are told we are not good enough. Not because of what we do or say but because of our bodies. We are constantly told, if we looked different our lives would be better.
That’s all well and good when it’s about something we wear or the make up we use but to be maligned because of our physical make up is just wrong.
It’s not just weight, with easy access to plastic surgery and air brushing of photographs women are being manipulated to change into something they are not.
What is wrong with being ourselves?
Why is it not normal to be who we are? Why are we constantly told we could be better if we got rid of some wrinkles, changed the shape of our nose, looked more like someone else? Why is it not enough to be ourselves?
It is a sobering thought that for the majority of their lives, most females will feel that they are not good enough. It’s an even worse thought that it never ends, even when we are older and should be enjoying the later part of our lives, we still don’t feel good enough.
It’s time we started to support each other and let our female friends know that they are perfect the way they are. Stop allowing the media to manipulate us into spending money on something we don’t need.
As women we are strong and beautiful. We do not need to change ourselves, we need to change the society that tells us we are not good enough as we are.
Let’s make 2019 the year that we stop falling for the media manipulation and start supporting each other.